Christmas Music Program

On December 13, the Third Sunday of Advent, the First Presbyterian Church Choir will offer its annual Christmas music program, during the time of the sermon.

The choir will, as it has for the past few years, offer an eclectic selection Christmas music, old and new, lively and meditative, and from different traditions: Praetorius, “En natus est Emanuel”; Althouse, “Goin’ to Bethlehem”; Holst, “Christmas Day”; the English Carol “Good People All, This Christmastide”; the Polish Carol,“Lulajze Jesuniu”; and the final chorus of Bach’s Mass in B Minor, “Dona nobis pacem.”

The whole service will be full of Advent and Christmas music, and it will be followed by our annual Christmas dinner in the Owens Building.… Continue

Music at FPCNH for the late fall and Advent seasons

It has already been a busy fall for our choir. We presented a concert of Reformation Music on Sunday, October 25, at Bethesda Lutheran Church, in collaboration with their choir (Lars Gjerde, Music Director) and a small orchestra. We also sang one of the pieces on the concert, Samuel Scheidt’s Ein’ feste Burg (A Mighty Fortress), as our anthem that day.

In November we begin our preparation for the annual Christmas Music Program on the Third Sunday of Advent, December 13. We’ll sing an eclectic selection of carols and choruses for the season. We welcome all who have sung with us in the past, as well as any of you who can’t sing for the whole year, but would like to work with us on the Christmas program.… Continue

Music News – October 2015

First Presbyterian Church will be filled with music in October. On Sunday, October 4, World Communion Sunday, our choir will offer music from South Africa and the prelude and postlude will feature global hymns. The responses that we sing that day will be retained for the remainder of the month, to keep our focus on the world around us.

Then on Reformation Sunday, October 25, at 4:00 PM, our choir will join with the choir of Bethesda Lutheran Church and an orchestra in a performance of J. S. Bach’s Cantata No. 80, Ein feste Burg (A Mighty Fortress). On the program, the cantata will be preceded by an earlier setting of the hymn by Samuel Scheidt, a German composer of two generations before Bach, and by more contemporary music by composers Scott Perkins and Christopher Lee, both active contributors to the music program at Bethesda.… Continue