42nd Candlelight Carol Service, Sunday Dec. 18th, 6 p.m.

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BROADWAY ACTOR ARBENDER ROBINSON 
TO READ “A VISIT FROM ST. NICHOLAS” AT CCC’s 42nd ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT CAROL SERVICE 

The nondenominational Chelsea Community Church’s 42nd Annual Candlelight Carol Service, comprising Scripture lessons, a choir and congregational singing, will take place on Sunday, December 18, at 6 p.m. at its host church, the historic St. Peter’s Chelsea (346 West 20th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues).  The event is free; an offering will be accepted.

The choir, under the direction of Larry J. Long (see below), will present choral music from the ancient plainsong chant “Hodie Christus natus est” (Today, Christ is born) to John Rutter’s contemporary “Shepherd’s Pipe Carol” (UK). Other music includes Stephen Paulus’ “Halelu” (US), the early 17th century British composer Thomas Weelkes’ “Magnificat,” “Lo, how a rose e’er blooming” by Michael Praetorius (Germany), the opening movement of Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria in excelsis” (Italy) plus Jacques Berthier’s Taizé chant “Gloria in excelsis” (France). The choir will be accompanied by internationally recognized organist Christopher Houlihan (see below), along with harp and flute/piccolo.

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Veteran Broadway singer/actor Arbender Robinson (right) will read Clement Clarke Moore’s famous poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas.”  St. Peter’s Church stands on land that was part of Moore’s estate. Mr. Robinson has appeared on Broadway in Hairspray, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Hair, Ragtime, The Book of Mormon, Beautiful, and Shuffle Along. He is also a teaching artist working with many organizations across the country, and is a huge advocate for autism awareness and research.