CONCERT TO BENEFIT LOCAL FOOD PANTRY:
The Pike County Choral Society invites you to celebrate the Christmas season and help feed hungry families in our community by joining them at their 11th annual holiday concert on Saturday, December 8, at 7:00 pm. The event will be held in the historic sanctuary of Good Shepherd Church on the corner of 5th and Catharine streets in Milford, PA. Admission is $10 plus a non-perishable food item for the Ecumenical Food Pantry. The Ecumenical Food Pantry serves families and individuals from the Tri-state area of PA, NJ, and NY who are struggling to make ends meet.
The performance will feature Richard Shephard’s “Mass of the Nativity”, a Christmas Mass based on traditional European carols. This mass has been part of the Christmas services at Saint Thomas Church in New York City since 2009. Also on the evening’s program is the classical masterwork “Magnificat” by Dietrich Buxtehude. Traditional and lesser-known carols from ancient Europe to 20th century Appalachia bring you the familiar and sacred sounds of the season. To conclude the evening, audience members will be invited to join the Choral Society in a Christmas Carol sing-along.
Directing this year’s concert is Henry F. Repp, who has recently accepted the position of Director of Music and Organist at First United Methodist Church in Newton, NJ, after serving at the Peapack Reformed Church for over 28 years. He founded the Peapack Reformed Church Community Choir, which has performed a major work from the sacred choral repertoire every Palm Sunday since its founding in 2007. Repp has studied organ with Robert McDonald at the Riverside Church in New York City and the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, NJ. He has given numerous organ concerts at major venues including the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Newark and St. Thomas Church in Manhattan. The evening’s concert will include a solo interlude by Mr. Repp, showcasing Good Shepherd Church’s Schantz organ, with its 25 ranks and 1,600 pipes.
“I look forward to the PCCS’s concert every year,” said one area resident. “It’s also a good way to support an organization [the Ecumenical Food Pantry] that helps the hungry in our community.” For advance tickets or more information, call Carolyn at 570-296-8583 or email the Pike County Choral Society at firstname.lastname@example.org.