Grace Lutheran organ concert

Concert brings traditional English Christmas music to Paris; reception with food is downstairs after the show

By LYNN MOODY lynnlmoody@hotmail.com
Posted 12/16/19

ill not attend, the members of Grace Lutheran Church are offering a royal guest experience to those attending the 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, Christmas concert at the church, 711 S. Main Street.

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Grace Lutheran organ concert

Concert brings traditional English Christmas music to Paris; reception with food is downstairs after the show

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ill not attend, the members of Grace Lutheran Church are offering a royal guest experience to those attending the 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, Christmas concert at the church, 711 S. Main Street.

A reception follows with English teatime Christmas treats. Tickets are available at the door Sunday and are only $5 each. All proceeds from the concert support the Grace Lutheran Child Development Center. 

The concert follows an international theme established when the 2018 event featured German music, plus German Christmas cookies and treats. The Dec. 15 concert is filled with both lively and traditional English Christmas music, including carols and hymns from the old English churches.

The afternoon will take listeners back to childhood memories of the music shared with them and taught to them by their parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, their churches and their music teachers.

Organ and vocal selections include, “O Come all Ye Faithful,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “Once in Royal David’s City.” Audience members will hear amazing organ improvisations and descants, and they will be invited to join the musicians in singing many of the traditional, well-known English Christmas hymns and carols.

This year’s concert features guest organist Keith Williams, vocalist Katrina Jurica and Grace Lutheran’s own flautist, Hallie Guymon of West Terre Haute, Ind. 

Williams, of Champaign, is a graduate of Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, a well known area pipe organ builder, organist and church musician. He will perform on the outstanding Phelps Pipe Organ at Grace Lutheran Church. 

Jurica, a graduate of Concordia University, River Forest, is known for her expertise in choral music and as conductor of the Concordia University Kapelle Choir, the premier touring choir of the university. 

Guymon is performing selections from Handel’s “Messiah” and “Wexford Carol.” 

The reception following the concert features the extraordinary baking skills of the women of Grace Lutheran Church. In keeping with the English Christmas celebration, those at the reception can sample English and Scottish treats like British Yule log, plum pudding, shortbread cookies, trifle, scones and even Dundee cake—the Queen of England’s favorite cake to take on her travels—along with favorite American Christmas cookies and treats as well.

The members of Grace Lutheran Church invite community members to join them for a joyous Christmas celebration filled with fellowship, friends and family, fantastic music, fabulous food and favorite hymns and Christmas carols that truly celebrate the Christmas season. 

Questions about the concert may be directed to the church’s organists Judy Carroll, 217-466-0710, or  Jeannie Taylor, 217-898-6466.