Williamsport Music Club to hold 80th annual candlelight service

PHOTO PROVIDED From left are Richard Weston, Ryan Workman and Wayne Harris who will sing “We Three Kings.”

The Williamsport Music Club invites the community to attend its “Christmas Music by Candlelight” at 4 p.m. Sunday. The program, highlighting music from many lands, will be held at Pine Street United Methodist Church, 441 Pine St. Kristin Ivers will chair the event. The prelude will begin at 3:40 p.m. with music by the Williamsport Flute Choir, Lucy Henry playing the dulcimer and Wendy McCormick on the Celtic harp.

Instrumental and choral musical groups will celebrate the season. The Music Club Ensemble directed by Kristin Ivers and accompanied by pianist Carol Waltz will sing Andrea Ramsey’s “Cover Me with the Night,” a traditional advent prayer from Ghana. Gretchen Carpenter will play the djembe. The Ensemble will sing “A la nanita nana,” a traditional Spanish lullaby and “El Decembre congelat,” a Catalonian carol. Both pieces are arranged by Conrad Susa. A Puerto Rican carol, “Algeria,” will be performed by the group with Karl Ivers on guitar and Carpenter playing the maracas.

A trio composed of Shirley Knade, Betsy Belcher, Lynne Koskie, Bonnie Seltzer, Mitzi Burget and Suzanne Heilman will sing the Swedish dance carol, “Nur ar det Jul igen (Yuletide Is Here Again).” Janet Hurlbert will accompany on the piano and Carpenter will play bells.

Sir John Rutter’s English carol, “There Is a Flower,” will be performed by Bonnie Hall, Henry, Kristin Ivers, Richard Weston and Charles Getchell. A traditional French carol, “Quelle est cette odeur agreable?,” a trio arrangement by Kevin Riehle, will feature Sara Scott, Hall and Kristin Ivers with Sophi Conn playing the harp and oboist Anjali Passi.

Tenor Robert Hacker will sing two numbers: “Comfort Ye,” from Handel’s Messiah, accompanied by Tom Wetzel on the organ; and “Baloo Loo, Lammy (Lullaby, Little Lamb),” a Scottish carol with accompanists Henry on flute and McCormick playing Celtic harp.

Two American carols are featured: “Drummer Boy/Pat-a-Pan” arranged by Diane Bish and played by organist Leatha Kieser; and “We Three Kings” written by Williamsport composer, John Henry Hopkins, and sung by Weston, Ryan Workman, and Wayne Harris, accompanied by pianist Kristin Ivers, Passi on the oboe, and Henry playing flute.

The Williamsport Flute Choir directed by Allison Wollam presents Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker in 5 Minutes,” arranged by Judy Nishimura; “Santa’s Symphony” arranged by Ricky Lombardo, and “Jingle Bells Prism” arranged by Ann Pearce.

Another instrumental number, a French carol titled “il est ne, le divin enfant (He Is Born, the Divine Christ Child)” is presented by Henry, recorder, and McCormick, Celtic harp.

A Norwegian carol, “Nu tandas tusen juleljus (A Thousand Candles)” by Emmy Kohler will close the program and will be sung as the light is passed and candles are lit throughout the sanctuary.

The piece features Waltz on piano joined by Henry on flute and Karl Ivers on guitar.

The Williamsport Music Club will donate the offering to the Shepherd of the Streets Ministry. Pine Street UMC Handbell Choir directed by Karl Ivers will provide the offertory music, “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly,” a Polish carol arranged by Susan Rucker.

The program will conclude with the organ postlude, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” played by Joanne Kiehl. This French carol composed by Mendelssohn is arranged by Lani Smith.