The First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC held its 58th Annual Christmas Candlelight Carols at 4 PM Sunday December 13.
I misplaced the program (going to Trio and JR's afterward) so I don’t have the names of all the hymn composers. Some church composers are not as well known in the general classical audience.
I do recall an anthem “The Work of Christmas” by Dan Forrest based on a poem by Howard Thurman, link.
Organist Lawrence Schreiber and a brass and timpani group performed several hymn settings by Robert J. Powell.
It’s important to note that several Christmas carols come from major composers. “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” is #2 of “Festgesang”, which also has the text “Vaterland in deinen Gauen”.
And “Joy to the World” has a theme pieced together from two different melodies in George Frederick Handel’s Messiah.
There was also a Holy Family Tableau.