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10:30 am

Lessons & Carols at Historic St. Peter’s, Perth Amboy

December 16, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
St Peter’s Perth Amboy, 188 Rector Street
Perth Amboy, 08861 United States
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If you can attend only one Lessons & Carols event, this Advent Season - this is The One - come join us! St Peter’s Episcopal Church Choir will present its 43rd annual Service of Lessons & Carols at 10:30 am, Sunday, December 16, 2018, in our historic 1851 church, located at 188 Rector St., Perth Amboy, NJ. The musical event is based on the traditional Anglican Lessons & Carols service, created in 1918, for the Choir of King's College, a constituent college of the University of Cambridge, in Cambridge, England; in which music reflects and illuminates the nine lessons, each of which is read by a different member of the community. The original service performed by the Choir of King's College, was entitled Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols; but St. Peter’s has broadened the musical scope of the program to include both Advent, and Christmas-themed choral pieces. The St. Peter’s Choir maintains an exceptionally high standard of music, and performance, and has become well known for its music programs. The weekly church choir swells to a chorus of 35 each for Lessons & Carols, as many musicians who have sung with Music Director Douglas Sheldon in the past, return for this unique event. This year’s composers range from Herbert Howells, Geoffrey Ainger, William Llewellyn and John Rutter (English), to Richard Dirksen, Morten Lauridsen and Amy Beach (American) with Verdi (Italian), John Joubert (South African), and Eriks Esenvalds (Latvian), all providing musical selections, both familiar and novel.

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4:00 pm

Grace Church Festival of Lessons and Carols

December 16, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Grace Episcopal Church, Pemberton, 43 Elizabeth Street
Pemberton, NJ 08068 United States
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Dwell in the joys of the season through song and music and sacred stories. Singing by the Grace Church Youth & Adult Choirs with Choir Director Tara Perrien and Organist Carlo Sitoy. Followed by reception/pot-luck dinner and visit from St. Nick. Please bring a dish to share and your own plates and cutlery to speed clean-up.

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