The annual Maryknoll Christmas Concert of religious and traditional music will welcome the beginning of the Christmas season to the Lower Hudson Valley on Friday, December 7, at 8 p.m.
Led by a choir composed of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, Maryknoll Sisters, Maryknoll Lay Missioners, along with friends and neighbors, the concert will be held at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Chapel, 55 Ryder Road in Ossining. Admission is free and neighbors of all faiths are welcome. Reservations are not required.
The choir is under the direction of Christopher Reilly, the director of music at Maryknoll. Lana Kollath, director of music and organist at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Shrub Oak, will accompany the choir along with other local musicians. The audience will be encouraged to participate by singing the joy of the Christmas season.
The choir will present Advent and Christmas a capella and accompanied music from the Renaissance period through contemporary times. The concert will include the original monastic chant Puer Natus in Bethlehem that now is arranged for a five voice choir by Leo Nestor, director of music emeritus of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Other arrangements that will be featured include the recently-composed Come, Emmanuel by Deanna Light and Paul Tate, the traditional Harold Darke arrangement of In the Bleak Midwinter, Gustav Holst’s suite of carols Christmas Day and a spritely yet challenging arrangement of Joy to the World by famed contemporary composer John Rutter.
Light refreshments will be served after the concert. Santa Claus will greet the young and the young at heart.