Potsdam First Presbyterian's annual festival of lessons and carols Sunday
Friday, December 7, 2012 - 11:59 am

POTSDAM -- The First Presbyterian Church, 42 Elm St., will hold the 7th annual festival of lessons and carols for the community Sunday, Dec. 9 at 4 p.m.

The festival has its roots in historical Christian vigils, but it was first used in the current format in 1918 at King’s College in Cambridge.

Music will be provided by the ecumenical choir of local church choristers, the Noteworthy Handbell Choir, an organist and other local instrumentalists.

The concert will begin with “Once in Royal David’s City” and wrap up with “O Come All Ye Faithful,” with music for all ages in between.

Soloists will include Michelle Martin-Atwood, organ; Lorie Gruneisen, violin; Lonel Woods, voice; Daniel and Mark Severtson; and Emily Wickham and Cameron Brownell. Laura Toland, choir director at the Presbyterian Church, will conduct the choir.

Participating groups include the Christian Fellowship Center, First Presbyterian Church of Potsdam, New Life Presbyterian Church, North Country Community Church, Potsdam United Methodist Church, St. Lawrwence Valley Friends Meeting, The Crane School of Music, the Noteworthy Handbell Choir, St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, and Trinity Episcopal Church.

For more information call 265-9434.