Calvary United Methodist Church
150 Norlo Drive, Fayetteville, Pennsylvania
Memorial Lutheran Church
34 E. Orange Street, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
The Towne Singers will usher in the Christmas holiday with a wide variety of musical styles both sacred and secular. Included on the concert will be two very different settings of the text “Hodie Christus Natus est” (Today Christ is Born) both written by 20th century composers Healy Willan and Andrew Carter. Other sacred compositions are arrangements of various carols including “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent” by William Averett, “Sing We All of Our Savior Mild” arranged by Bradley Ellingboe, the hymn “Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne” arranged by Blaine Shover and Brent Adams setting of “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”. The second half of the concert will include several secular songs of the season including Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride”, John Rutter’s arrangement of “Esta Noche”, and Harry Simeone’s arrangement of Ken Darby’s “T’was the Night before Christmas.” The audience will also be asked to join the choir in singing several Christmas carols. There is no charge for admission although a free-will offering may be received.
The choir is accompanied by Valerie Merriman and organist Nancy Fogelsanger. Blaine Shover is the conductor.