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Carols & Eggnog!

posted Dec 17, 2016, 11:25 AM by Steven Vaughan
Our choir traditionally ends our last rehearsal of the calendar year sipping eggnog! And just like last year, we’re inviting you to join us! On Wednesday, December 21
st, we’ll be in the Marian Center from 7:30 - 9:00 PM, and encourage you to come share some Christmas cheer as we sing carols. Bring friends, or homemade treats to share! And if you can’t join us, just send the friends! Or the treats!

A “carol” is a song with Christmas-themed lyrics. The word derives either from the French carole or the Latin carula, both of which mean a circular dance. The first known Christmas hymns were Latin chants traced to 4
th century Rome. By the 13th century, vernacular Christmas songs were being performed outside the church, or as “wassailers” went from house to house. Then during the Reformation, Protestants began singing carols inside churches. In the 19th century, the publication of Christmas music books helped widen their popular appeal even more, as carols were sung in homes around the Christmas tree and hearth.

And if you’d like to sing something a little more challenging, join me Tuesday evening at 7:00
PM in Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall for Handel’s Messiah Sing-In. The Sing-In audience-chorus includes 3,000 singers of all backgrounds who sing in church, school or community choirs, and want to spend an evening singing this great choral masterpiece. To be clear, the audience is the chorus—there is no chorus on stage. Each participant brings their own Messiah vocal score, and the sound throughout the hall is glorious.

And as the audience arrives that night, I’ll be playing Christmas carols on the piano.
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