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Kinderhook, New York
Local culture
15 December 2015 08:46AM
David Smith

At 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 20th the annual Celebration of Lessons & Carols will be held at historic Kinderhook Reformed Church. Included in this popular regional event will be readings, congregational singing, and choral and organ music of the Christmas season.

Nine distinguished readers drawn from the area will be joined by an ensemble of over forty singers under the direction of David Smith. Pastor Rudy Visser will preside. Last year’s event was very enthusiastically received, with over 475 present. Arrival by 3:45 p.m. is recommended. Lessons & Carols will conclude by 5:30 p.m.

All attending will be invited to sing traditional hymns and carols. Choral offerings will include works by Rutter, Saint-Saens, Dering, Handl, Elgar, Willcocks, Ord and others.

This year’s readers are William Carrol of Kinderhook Reformed Church; John Carroll of Malden Bridge; Betsy Gramkow, Executive Director, Columbia-Greene Hospital Foundation; Dr. Merrill Johnson of Kinderhook Reformed Church; Ron Knott, Supervisor, Town of Stuyvesant; Lydia Kukoff of The Chatham Synagogue Netivot Torah; Fr. Tom Malionek, Rector, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Kinderhook; Rev. Linda Miles, Pastor, The Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack; and Tim Ooms, farmer and President of The Fifty Group of Columbia County.

Smith notes that “this event is open to all. Although its format derives from that used at King’s College in Cambridge, England, our Celebration Lessons and Carols has been effectively adapted for Kinderhook, and seems just the thing for a late afternoon in the Christmas season. I am thrilled that so many fine singers from past years will be with us once again.”

Pastor Rudolph Visser observes that “As Kinderhook Reformed Church begins its fourth century we pray that our annual Lessons and Carols will once again be a blessing for all in the community.”

The church is handicapped accessible and parking is available. For further information please visit http://www.kinderhookreformedchurch.com or http://www.concertsinthevillage.org, or call 518-758-6401.

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