Festival Chorus and Royalton Ringers Hand Bell Quintet to Perform “I Heard the Bells” Christmas Concert on December 17

Buffalo’s Festival Chorus invites the community to their annual Christmas concert with the Royalton Ringers Hand Bell Quintet. The performance will take place on Sunday, December 17, 2017, at 3:00 PM at St. Katharine Drexel Church at 135 North Ogden Street, Buffalo, NY 14206.

This performance will feature, for the first time, the Royalton Ringers, a professional handbell quintet. The Festival Chorus will also be accompanied by Tom Rutter, talented pianist and organist at St. Katharine Drexel; as well as local instrumentalists on flute, oboe, and French horn.

“We are pleased to welcome everyone to our parish on December 17th to celebrate this Christmas season,” said Rev. James Monaco, pastor at St. Katharine Drexel. “There is nothing more iconic at Christmastime than the sounds of bells ringing and choirs singing our favorite holiday songs.”

Presale tickets cost $8 and can be purchased from a Festival Chorus member or at the Church Rectory; call (716) 895-6813 for information.
Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $10.

The Festival Chorus is directed by Heather Lovelace, music director at the Parish of St. Katharine Drexel. Heather has been a member of the Festival Chorus for 18 years and has served as director for the past four years. Under her leadership, the chorus has grown both in membership and musical ability. Heather also has nine years of experience teaching vocal music in Erie County, where she has been recognized as an exemplary teacher. She is currently teaching music and chorus at Depew High School. Heather has presented at the Classroom Music Festival, conducted the 2016 Erie County Elementary All-County Blue Chorus, the 2017 Allegany County All-County Senior High Chorus, and the 2017 Church Musicians’ Guild Children’s Choir Festival.

The Festival Chorus is a part of the Christian Foundation for the Performing Arts (CFPA), a not-for-profit community choir. The chorus is celebrating over 25 years of excellence in music. The members of CFPA and The Festival Chorus represent various churches, denominations, and communities in Erie and Niagara counties. Their repertoire consists of Classical, Sacred, Contemporary Sacred, Patriotic, and Broadway Show Music. The Festival Chorus is available to minister through special music in worship services and concerts. They are committed to conveying hope and encouragement through their music. For more information about The Festival Chorus, please visit wnyfestivalchorus.org or call (716) 870-5953.

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