The choirs at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison, under the direction of Dr. Anne Matlack, are preparing special choral services for Christmas.
WHERE: Grace Episcopal Church, Madison Ave., Madison
Members of Combined Choirs of Grace and friends present
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 22, at 5 pm
Featuring Pergolesi’s Magnificat with strings. The public is welcome to this free event, followed by a “Wassail” reception with mulled wine and cider, sausage rolls and mince pie.
Church School Nativity Pageant and Communion Service
WHEN: Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, music begins at 4 for the 4:30 service
Costumed children present the Nativity Pageant while the 50-voice youth choirs lead the music in traditional carols from around the world. The Gargoyles (teen boys) and the select Daughters of Zion (teen girls) will also be featured. A children’s bell choir will ring in the prelude, and a handbell quartet serenades you as you leave.
WHEN: 10 p.m. a candlelight concert of carols from around the world sung from the gallery precedes the traditional 10:30 Midnight Mass.
A choir of adults, older children, and returning college students, and a bell choir lead the beautiful Rite I communion service featuring works by Howells, Rachmaninoff, Ramirez, Yon and many soloists. “Silent Night” sung kneeling by candlelight concludes the service.
Christmas Morning at 10:30 a.m. is a service for all ages of carols and communion led by children and adults. Choir carols include “Once in Royal David’s City,” “O Come, Little Children” “I Saw Three Ships,” “Away in a Manger” and a rousing “Go Tell it on the Mountain” during communion.
Sunday, December 3,0 at 10:30 a.m. the choirs present a traditional Nine Lessons and Carols service. Visiting singers are welcome to join the choir by attending rehearsal at 9:30 and calling the church, or responding on Grace Church’s Facebook page to let Dr. Anne know.
The community is welcome at all of these services. More information can be found at www.gracemadison.org or on facebook at Grace Episcopal Church Madison or by calling 973-377-0106. Dr. Anne Matlack holds degrees from Yale and Cincinnati Conservatory and also conducts the award-winning Harmonium Choral Society, www.harmonium.org.