Water Gap Singers Holiday Concert

The Water Gap Singers, under the direction of Joseph Mello, will perform their annual Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 8th, at 5 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church of Blairstown, 1 Main Street, Blairstown, NJ 07825. There is no admission fee, but a free will offering will be taken to defray expenses. The Water Gap Singers are in their 36th year of providing exceptional choral entertainment, and have often been referred to as “the amateur chorus with the professional sound”. They are partially funded by the Warren County Cultural and Heritage Commission.

This year’s concert will include Bach’s Cantata No. 140: “Wachet Auf” (Sleepers Wake) and Vaughan Williams’ “Hodie (This Day)”, as well as inviting the audience to join in singing carols. The concert will feature orchestral and organ accompaniment. “Hodie” was composed in the mid-1950s and was the last choral-orchestral piece composed by British composer, Vaughn Williams. It reflects a variety of musical styles and the narrative texts for the different movements describe the events of the birth of Christ. The text is in English with the exception of the short text at the beginning of the first movement. It is a major work that has always been well-received by audiences everywhere at this time of year. Bach’s Cantata No. 140: “Wachet Auf” is among his most popular works. According to Bach scholar and musicologist of the early 20th Century, William G. Whittaker, this work is “a cantata without weakness, without a dull bar, technically, emotionally and spiritually of the highest order”. Both the “Hodie” and “Wachet Auf” feature professional soloists, as well as chorus and instrumental accompaniment. The soloists will be Shannah Timms Yerofeyev, soprano; Scott Mello, tenor; and John Beasley, baritone. The organist will be Ms. Kathleen Decker.

A reception for all who participate and attend will conclude this wonderful holiday event!

Contact us for more information, or call 973-229-6049 or 973-927-9555.

The Water Gap Singers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Made possible by funds from the Warren County Cultural and Heritage Division of Land Preservation, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

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