Marcellus church presents community Christmas concert

Traditional Christmas Carols and a variety of holiday music new and old will be offered at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the First Presbyterian Church, corner of Main and North Streets in Marcellus. The Marcellus Community Christmas Concert will include special arrangements of familiar carols, led by the Presbyterian Church Choir and Brass Ensemble, and will also feature an array of guest artists from the Marcellus community and surrounding area.

This year, the Dean Brothers (Bob, John and Peter, with Holly Gregg) will be featured, with their unique vocal harmonies that have ensured their popularity with CNY audiences since the 1960s. They have performed in venues all over the northeastern US and have several albums and CDs to their credit. Recently serving as hosts for the 2011 SAMMY’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, the Dean Brothers will perform their own original Christmas songs.

Adding a special touch to the program will be guest sopranos Julie McKinstry and Susan Pearce. McKinstry has a master of fine arts degree in opera performance from Carnegie-Mellon University. Her career has taken her to New York City, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and to Germany. She currently is an Affiliate Artist in the Voice Department at Syracuse University. Pearce is a 10-year member of the Syracuse Opera chorus, performing in such operas as Carmen, Pagliacci and The Magic Flute. An active member of the Greater Syracuse musical community, she has frequently performed for Civic Morning Musical concerts and the Syracuse Pops.

Guest pianist Tony Lombardo has enjoyed a many faceted musical career as a choral and instrumental music educator, conductor, and trumpet and piano performer. He served as staff pianist with the New York State Fair for 15 years, working with well known artists such as Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Wayne Newton and Johnny Mathis. Lombardo will offer a delightful mix of classical and popular piano selections.

From the powerful sound of organ and brass, to the beauty of "Silent Night" accompanied by guitar, the program will be a blending of traditional and popular music and will contrast soloists and choir music with the singing of familiar carols. The local community is encouraged to come together to celebrate the musical sounds of the Christmas season.

Admission is free. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Marcellus Ecumenical Food Pantry.

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