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Annual Christmas Concert

  • Union Church of Bay Ridge 7915 Ridge Boulevard Brooklyn, NY, 11209 United States (map)

On December 20th, the Union Church of Bay Ridge will present a Christmas Concert featuring the Union Church Choirs and Jim Ridl / Nate Birkey Jazz Quartet. They will be performing some of your favorite Christmas songs, as well as selections from Nate Birkey's 2008 Christmas Album. 

All About Jazz called the album, "What comes to mind in connection with Nate Birkey: Christmas are dry martinis, The New Yorker magazine, twilights by the ocean, and being half-asleep as embers glow in the fireplace. - the quality of the music itself is quietly stunning."

The inspiration for the album is a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It contrasts the sounds of Christmas Bells with the cannon shots of the Civil War, acknowledging the hard realities of conflict while asserting the enduring power of peace. 

This concert is dedicated to Jamie Vuignier and his family. 
Program - 

"Joyful Joyful, We Adore Thee" from Sister Act II
An a capella "Silent Night" arranged by Nunez & Papoulis
The "Wexford Carol" play by the children's Choir
Christmas Time is Here / Linus and Lucy - Children's Choir
Christmas Album selection by Nate Birkey Quartet
The Christmas Song - Scott Morwitz and Quartet
The Christmas Waltz - Union Church Choir and Quartet
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Chelsea Feltman and Quartet
We Three Kings - Union Church Choir and Quartet

Union Church Choir
Chelsea Feltman, soprano
Julian Tang / Kristin Miller, alto
Scott Morwitz / Evan Lynch, tenor
Justin Tokke / Bruce MacIntyre, bass

Nana Shi, music director

Jazz Quartet
Nate Birkey, trumpet and vocalist
Jim Ridl, piano
Pat O'Leary, bass
Steve Holloway, drums

Suggested Donation: $10

Earlier Event: October 25
Chelsea Feltman, Soprano
Later Event: December 24
Christmas Eve Service