The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

October 7, 2013

Voices sought for annual Christmas event

Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — Rehearsals for Medina’s fifth annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols are soon to begin, and festival director Aaron Grabowski has issued his annual call for choir voices. 

Last year, the Festival Choir boasted members from over a dozen area Christian congregations in Orleans, Niagara, Genesee, and Erie Counties.

The tradition has grown locally over the past four years, and is fast becoming a much treasured and anticipated event. The event is the brainchild of Holy Trinity Music Director and Principal Organist, Aaron Grabowski. It will again be accompanied by pipe organ, brass, fife, drum and harp.

The festival caps off the holiday season with Christmas song and scripture in Medina’s St. Mary Church (Holy Trinity Parish) on Saturday, December 21 this year.

This year’s music selections include:

Once In Royal David’s City, Twas In the Moon of Wintertime - 17th century Huron Carol - Jean de Brebeuf; Jesus Christ the Apple Tree - Poston; In Dulci Jubilo - Michael Praetorius; Ding Dong Merrily On High - with fife and drum accompaniment; Riu Riu Chiu - 15th century Spanish melody; 15th Century German carol Lo How A Rose E’er Blooming, A Spotless Rose - Herbert Howells; Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day - John Gardner; All Bells In Paradise and Dormi Jesu - John Rutter; and God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, O Come All Ye Faithful and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!

Lessons and Carols, a festival of Christmas scripture and music, most often occurs in Anglican churches, but has caught on in Roman Catholic, Episcopalian, and Lutheran parishes, as well as Presbyterian institutions.

“Once again, we are looking for voices (children & adults) to sing in the Festival choir,” said Grabowski. “Last year’s turn out was tremendous– the choir and accompaniment were absolutely stunning. It’s a great deal of fun and everyone has a tremendous time.”

The accompanists this year are; Ric Jones, trombone; Zach Busch, trombone; Aaron and Paul Grabowski, trumpet, fife and drum; Paul-Joseph Struckmann, violin; Roxanne Ziegler, harp; and the Medina Area Christian Theater.

The first rehearsal will be on Sunday at 2 p.m. at St. Mary Church, Medina. Rehearsals thereafter will be Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. at St. Mary.

Interested participants are asked to simply come to rehearsals any Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 211 Eagle St., Medina. All are welcome to participate.

This year’s Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols will be on Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s.

The event is supported and promoted by the Orleans Renaissance Group, Inc.