Williamsport Music Club to hold 79th annual Candlelight Service


The Williamsport Music Club invites the community to attend its “Christmas Music by Candlelight” at 4 p.m. Sunday at Pine Street United Methodist Church, 441 Pine St. Kristin Ivers chairs the event.

Prelude music played by violinist, Emilie Tupper and pianist Ivers, precedes the service. The Music Club Choral Ensemble will process to “Wexford Carol,” a traditional Irish melody arranged by John Rutter. The Ensemble will also sing “Past Three O’Clock” by George Woodward and arranged by Cary Ratliff. This Christmas carol is loosely based on the traditional cry of the city night watchman. The group’s third selection, Lloyd Larson’s choral arrangement of “All Is Well,” closes the program. Joanne Kiehl accompanies this composition by Michael Smith and Wayne Kirkpatrick.

Sara Scott, Amy Peck and Ivers sing “Sleep, Holy Infant, Sleep.” Wendy McCormick accompanies the piece from “La Fiesta de la Posada” by David and Iola Brubeck. Tenor Robert Hacker will perform the Appalachian carol, “I Wonder as I Wander,” with Lucy Henry playing the hammered dulcimer and McCormick playing the Celtic harp.

The program will feature several guest artists. Fiona Gillespie Jackson sings “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen! BWV 51” by Johann Sebastian Bach. The solo trumpet part will be played by Catherine Getchell. The work is Bach’s only church cantata scored for soprano voice and trumpet and was   first presented in 1730. Jackson and Getchell will be accompanied by violins, cello, viola and harpsichord.

Jackson is adjunct professor of voice at Lycoming College and performs regularly with groups around the country and abroad. Getchell has played and performed as soloist in numerous bands and orchestras including East Winds Symphonic Band, Edgewood Symphony Orchestra and Yale Symphony Orchestra.


Sam Getchell will play “Once in Royal David’s City” on the trombone. This poem set to music is arranged by Richard Walters. Ivers will accompany him. Henry and McCormick present a medley of carols entitled ” Reflections on Christmas.”

Offertory music highlights the Pine Street UMC Handbell Choir playing Kevin McChesney’ s arrangement of “The First Noel.” Contributions will be donated to West End Christian Community Center. “Prelude on Antioch” by George Frederic Handel ends the service as a postlude and will be played by organist  Kiehl.