RED BANK—“The Marvel of this Night,” a traditional program of Lessons and Carols, will be presented by the Tower Hill Choir on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m., at Tower Hill First Presbyterian Church at Red Bank, 255 Harding Road. Music from across the ages will illuminate passages of scripture that tell the Christmas story. The congregation will be invited to join the choir in singing favorite Christmas carols.
The program, directed by Leslie Zomro and accompanied by organist Judith Werner,
includes perennial favorites such as Michael Praetorius’ “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” and Mack Wilberg’s arrangement of the sprightly “Ding, Dong, Merrily on High.” Contemporary offerings include the Robert DeCormier arrangement of the West Indian spiritual, “The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy,” and the popular Harry Simeone arrangement of “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Featured soloists are soprano Claire Tsiporukha, tenor Sheldon Edmond and cellist Patty Gonsky. The concert is part of the Tower Hill Concert Series.
Ms. Zomro, interim director of the Tower Hill Choir, holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Indiana University and a master’s degree in education from Mary Grove College, Detroit. She taught choral and vocal music for 27 years, retiring from the Matawan Aberdeen Regional School District in 2017. Judith Werner, for 31 years the church’s associate director of music, is a graduate of Rutgers University and earned a Master of Music degree from Westminster Choir College, Princeton. She pursued doctoral work at Oxford and Princeton universities.
There is no charge for admission to the concert. An offering will be taken to offset concert series expenses. The church is handicapped-accessible.
The Tower Hill Concert Series has presented performances of sacred and secular music for Red Bank area audiences for more than 40 years. Next on the schedule is “Spirit Wind,” a May 5 performance by the New Jersey Chamber Singers with the Eastern Wind Symphony. For additional information call 732-747-1348 or see www.towerhillchurch.org.