A singing opportunity is being planned for Norwich and the surrounding area. Singers from area church choirs, school choirs, and community members are invited to join together to perform Darkness Into Light: A Christmas Musical Journey by Mary McDonald. The event will be hosted by the United Church of Christ, First Congregational of Norwich under the leadership of Mary Mayo Williams (director) and Bob Oehme (accompanist). The rehearsals and performance will take place at the church located at 11 West Main Street in Norwich.
Darkness Into Light is an extended work for singers and narrators (duration 40 minutes) which will require a commitment of significant preparation time. The musical selections feature fresh settings of carols along with beautiful new songs that celebrate the Light of Christ. Rehearsals will be held on six Sunday afternoons in November and December. A performance will be given on Sunday afternoon December 17 at 4:00 p.m.
This is the second Ecumenical Event for Advent sponsored by the United Church of Christ. Mary Williams began planning for this year’s program shortly after the success of A Ceremony of Candles which took place in December 2016. Nearly 60 singers from 15 area church and school choirs came together for that event, which raised over $500 for the local food pantry at Emmanuel Episcopal Church.