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Natl. Philharmonic Christmas Concert

12/07/2019 - 8:00pm
Christ Episcopal Church, 107 South Washington St., Rockville, MD 20850

NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC SINGERS PRESENTS A Fantasia on Christmas Carols SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2019, 8pm In Concert at Christ Episcopal Church --Mark your calendars!

The National Philharmonic Singers, under the direction of Artistic Director Stan Engebretson, will lead the holiday concert on December 7th with “A Fantasia on Christmas Carols” by Ralph Vaughan Williams with guest soloist Logan Tarwater. This is a beautiful collection of carols for baritone solo and chorus featuring soaring melodic lines and descants in the English tradition. Further British highlights include several selections originally performed by the King’s Singers such as the rhythmic Renaissance pieces Gaudete and the Spanish song Riu, Riu, Chiu, as well as popular holiday favorites including “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

Famous annual elements of the National Philharmonic Singers programs, such as The Twelve Days of Christmas, will return, but this year the audience will participate in an entirely new manner - seated throughout! Special guest organist/pianist Julie Vidrik Evans will be featured in the virtuosic “Bring a Torch Jeannette Isabella” on the large pipe organ as well play the organ for beautiful standards such as “There Shall a Star from Jacob Come Forth” by Mendelssohn and the tuneful “Magnificat in Bb Major” by Charles Villiers Stanford. The magic of Christmas is enhanced by Carols for All to Sing as well as a candlelight processional and the ever-favorite, “Recessional on Silent Night”. Please come and join us!

This is the 14th year of performances at Christ Church with a free-will offering benefiting Community Reach of Montgomery County (formerly known as Community Ministries of Rockville), a most important ministry for the care of the community.