The fourth annual “Christmas Time in the City” Holiday concert will be presented on December 16th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Westfield. A production by the Continuo Arts Foundation in collaboration with the Presbyterian Church of Westfield, this concert features numerous choral ensembles with over 150 singers from Union, Essex and Morris counties, soloists, the Continuo Arts Chamber Orchestra, free photos with Santa, audience sing-a-longs and special guest artists!
Dr. Raymond Roberts, Pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Westfield is narrator and Ed Alstrom, Music Director, will lead the PCW choirs in several selections including the premiere of “Let’s Go to Bethlehem” composed by the Rev. Dr. Raymond Roberts and arranged by Ed Alstrom.
Continuo Arts Ensembles & Chamber Orchestra will present the Beethoven Hallelujah from “The Mount of Olives,” Buxtehude’s In Dulci Jubilo, and many other perennial holiday favorites. Also featured are the Continuo Arts Singers, Chanticleers and Continuos, who recently returned from their European tour performing on the Giovani Musicisti Festival. According to Candace Wicke, Executive Director and Conductor, “From a Papal Mass to Assisi, from Roma to Prague, and with a recording session to boot, the musicianship, professionalism, stamina, and outstanding attitudes made them truly Continuo Arts Ambassadors to the world.”
The Continuo Children’s Chorus and Santa always have surprise vignettes in store for young concert-goers and children can look forward to a visit by Santa, with an opportunity for picture taking after the performance. One portion of the concert will recognize our veterans and those currently serving in the armed forces; email a picture of yourself or loved one to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pictures projected in the concert will be on a first come-first served basis.
In the spirit of generosity and giving to those in need, Continuo Arts is collaborating with Hugh Sinclair of Shoppingblitz.com who is collecting gently used shoes to be given to Soles for Souls. Please bring used, but serviceable shoes to donate. Collection boxes will be found at the front entrance of the church.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. with reserved seating available to “Home for the Holidays” House tour ticket holders from 6 – 6:15. Presented free of charge as a gift to the community, start your holiday season with “Christmas Time in the City!” Call 908-264-5324 or visit www.continuoarts.com for more information.