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60th Annual Christmas Candlelight Service at First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC

The First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC held its 60th Christmas Candlelight Service tonight.  I believe the first one was held in 1957 (the sanctuary opened on Christmas Day 1955).  There have been two or three years missed to storms or construction.

Here are two hymns




3  Silent Night and Tableaux

There was other music:

There was one excerpt from Rachmaninoff’s Vespers (III), “Veiled in darkness, creation hails the promise of a new King”.  The complete a cappella work over an hour.  I heard this in New York City in a Catholic church in the 1970s.

The Ave Maria (based on an unusual scale) from Verdi’s Quattro Pezzi Sacri (“Four Sacred Pieces”) was also performed.  The complete work ends with a Te Deum, that, after a final shout, seems not to end on the tonic.

The concert also included an organ fugue “Il est ne” (“He Is Born”) by Marcel Dupre, and Good King Wincelas adapted by Virgil Fox.   There was traditional music from the Runymede Singers (Harward/Vaughn Williams, Derric Johnson) and a Christmas Spiritual Medley by Johnie Dean.  There were brass transcriptions by Jim Lucas.

Before the concert I had stopped at JR’s, for a mini drag-show mid Sunday afternoon (3 blocks away).

and then I saw an AI stroller on 17th street, right out of a Spielberg movie.

(Posted: Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 9 PM ESR)