Monday, December 10, 2018

61st Annual Christmas Candlelight Carols at First Baptist in Washington DC

The First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC held its 61st Annual Christmas Candlelight Carols service at 4 PM EST Sunday December 9, 2018.

Kevin J. Biggins, Jr. was guest organist for some pieces.  Lon Screiber directed the full choir.

The organ prelude featured “In Dulci Jubilo” (BWV 729) by J.S. Bach, and Noel; Novelet’s adaptation of Michael McCabe’s “Now the Green Blade Riseth”.  Later, Keith Chapman’s “Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella”.

The Runnymede Singers performed “Ding Dong Merrily on High” (Lojeski) and “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day: (Haman).

But there were three major works for combined church choirs.

Christmas Day”, by Gustav Holst, featured Deborah Miller as soprano and Alex Mc Keithen as bass. It ends quietly.

The “Alleluia” by Arthur Honneger featured modal harmonies and ended with a shout.
The other anthem was John Rutter’s “What Sweeter Music”.

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