Christmas concerts to begin Nov. 30
Public invited to enjoy live classical music
Organizers at St. John's Episcopal Lutheran Church invite the public to attend a series of Christmas concerts this holiday season. The first concert will begin at the church Nov. 30. The concerts will begin at 4 p.m., according to the Reverend Ann Johnson, and will offer a number of talented musicians who will bring their holiday cheer to the Williams area. Johnson organized the concert, the second annual music event to be held at local church.
She said the concerts will be held Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21 beginning at 4 p.m. Concerts are free and open to the public, though a small offering is appreciated, Johnson said. Attendees do not have to be members of the church in order to attend.
"For us they are the four Sundays of Advent and Advent is the preparation for Christmas that we do. What's interesting for us is that it is not a celebration, it's a time for reflection and preparation," Johnson said. "In order to enhance that, we are offering this classical music series. We hope that people will come and use that as a quiet time in the midst of all the festivities and commercialism."
Soloist James Hasapis will begin the series on Nov. 30, Johnson said.
"He's a baritone who sings with the master chorale in Flagstaff. He's one of the select voices in the master chorale. He's going to do a concert of music of the season. He's going to do some spiritual, some classical vocal music, and some traditional music," Johnson said.
Select players from the Flagstaff Symphony will offer an afternoon of instrumental music Dec. 7. Carols and a "service of lessons" will be offered Dec. 14, Johnson said.
"There will be scripture readings and traditional Christmas music and there will be readers from the community who will be reading the scripture lessons, as well as readers from St. John's Church," Johnson said.
Community readers will include Dennis Wells, Williams City Manager, Cindy Christman from the Williams Health Care Center, and Jim Bultema, President of the Williams Rotary Club and local business owner.
International concert pianist Michie Akin will perform Dec. 21. Akin will be accompanied by French horn player David Cripps and cellist Melissa Collins and will perform a number of traditional Christmas compositions.
"All the concert will be followed by a reception," Johnson said. "Cookies, cakes and coffee and tea. This is our gift to the community."
Johnson said that anywhere from 35 to 45 people attended last year's concert series.
"It was well received," Johnson said.
Call (928) 635-2781, (928) 635-1191 or (928) 556-8656 for more information.
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