Sacred Music Society of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Performs “Messiah” and Christmas Favorites
Sunday, December 15 at 4:00 pm
Ascan Avenue and Queens Boulevard
Bishop Paul R. Sanchez and The Sacred Music Society of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs (Forest Hills, NY) present their Annual Christmas Concert at 4 pm on Sunday afternoon, December 15. The Sacred Music Society joins with the Oratorio Society of Queens to perform this concert under the artistic direction of the Music Director of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Maestro David Close.
The concert features highlights from the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah.” The performance features Geraldine McMillian, soprano, John Easterlin, tenor and Vaughn Fritts, bass-baritone with the Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens.
The second half of the concert features beloved Christmas songs of the season: “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing,” “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” Bruce Saylor’s soaring “Jubilate,” a work specially composed for Jessye Norman, chorus and orchestra for her Christmas concert at Notre Dame in Paris, “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and many more. Also featured is a stunning arrangement of “Angels We Have Heard on High” by Mack Wilberg and John Rutter’s touchingly tender “Candlelight Carol.”
The concert is a much anticipated event at the church as parishioners and friends begin their preparations for the Christmas season. It is an annual tradition that brings the whole community together as the entire audience joins in singing their favorite Christmas carols with the chorus and full orchestra!