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Christmas Music at East Hampton’s Churches

Thu, 12/14/2023 - 20:34
At St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, Bobby Peterson, a conductor and pianist, will lead a performance of the “Christmas Oratorio” by Camille Saint-Saens and a singalong with a full choir at 5 p.m. 
Jane Bimson

The East Hampton Presbyterian Church’s “Wonderful Christmastime” holiday handbell concert on Friday at 7 p.m. is free and open to all. The church has suggested donations of nonperishable food for the East Hampton Food Pantry or an adultize hoodie for Maureen’s Haven, which assists the homeless on the East End. 

The church’s service of lessons and carols happens on Sunday at 10 a.m. 

At St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, Bobby Peterson, a conductor and pianist, will lead a performance of the “Christmas Oratorio” by Camille Saint-Saens and a singalong with a full choir at  5 p.m. 

Mr. Peterson, the music director and organist at St. Luke’s, has accompanied performers including Rufus Wainwright and Julie Andrews and in 2013 was music director for Guild Hall’s production of Noel Coward’s “Tonight at 8:30,” starring Blythe Danner and Simon Jones. 

Singing the oratorio will be Joy Jones, Thomas Killourhy, and Michael Pitocchi, accompanied by a full choir and orchestra. 

Saturday’s program will also feature favorites like “Joy to the World” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” The free concert and singalong will be followed by a reception in the church hall. 

Calvary Baptist Church will hold a “Feel the Gift of Christmas” service at 5 p.m. on Saturday, with other local choirs participating as well, including the Montauk Community Church.

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