By Mark Boshnack Staff Writer
The Daily Star
---- — A Christmas concert several years ago at the Second Baptist Church in Worcester led to a local couple recording an album there.
The public will be able to hear their work at a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Main Street church. Liza DiSavino and her husband, A.J. Bodnar, will perform selections from their new CD, “Lift the Latch and Let Us Come In.” Admission is $10. The seasonal music includes wassails and carols.
The couple, known as “Liza & A.J.” have been making music for 18 years. They lived in Westford for about 12 years, until she got a job as an assistant professor of music education at Berea College several years ago. They still spend their summers in Westford.
The couple were inspired to record at the church in 2011 for a couple of reasons, they said Wednesday. Not only were they impressed by the acoustics, but they were attracted to the sounds of the pipe organ created by master builder Sid Chase, a member of the church. The organ is used on two of the tracks. The project was aided by the support of Chase and the Rev. Judith Thistle, Bodnar said.
DiSavino and Bodnar both play a multitude of instruments and sing on the recording. DiSavino’s instruments also include guitar, trumpet, whistle and French horn, while Bodnar performs on accordions, pipe organ and piano, among others.
“We were delighted with the results, including the acoustics,” Bodnar said. He is glad that people will be able to hear it at the church that is just perfect for this kind of music. DiSavino said the church is “the third musician.” The album will be available at the concert or at CD Baby.
Thistle said the couple were well received when she asked them to play at the 2010 Christmas concert. She said she was “thrilled” they wanted to hold their CD release concert at the church. “We were surprised and complemented,” she said. She has looking forward to hearing the results Saturday.