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December 2, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
A concert of Christmas and seasonal carols will be presented in a community sing-a-long at St. Michael’s College chapel in Colchester on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m.
Organist and music director will be Dr. William Tortolano, professor emeritus of fine arts and music at St. Michael’s College. His solo organ concert career included performances at Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris; and cathedrals in London, Glasgow and New York City.
Tortolano said people seldom have the opportunity to give their voices in song with a great variety of carols in one session. The program will be presented at four churches of acoustical and historic interest: The St. Michael’s College chapel; Blessed Sacrament Church in Stowe (on Dec. 9 at 4:30 p.m.); St. Luke’s in Fairfax (on Dec. 16 at 4 p.m.) and St. Peter’s in Vergennes (on Dec. 23 at 3 p.m.)
The carols include settings by Handel and Mendelssohn; carols from Germany, Austria, France and Italy will be sung in English and one verse in the original languages; and familiar favorites like The Twelve Days of Christmas and White Christmas.
Organ music was selected to fit the particular instruments at each church, including Petro Yon, Buxtehude and J.S. Bach.
The concerts are free and open to the public. A free will donation, for charity, will be available.