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Carols festival at Ballston Spa church

Carols drawn from Celtic, African American and early American traditions will be presented during “Festival of Lessons and Carols” on Sunday, Dec. 17, and Monday, Dec. 18, at 7:30 p.m., at Christ Episcopal Church, 15 West High St., Ballston Spa.

The concert is anchored by folk music’s John Kirk and Trish Miller of Greenfield Center with Field Horne and Theresa LaGattuta-Bruno of Saratoga Springs and Kristin McCabe of Charlton. This year’s special guests are Joel Rosenberger of Saratoga Springs, Dan Berggren of Ballston Spa, Rick Bunting of Bainbridge, and Carolyn Waters of Natick, Mass.

While African American spirituals, Irish ballads, and Shape Note hymns are the majority of the music performed, each year some modern carols are included, such as Berggren’s “Road to Bethlehem,” a nativity story about fatherhood, or Jim Boyes’ “Meadowhall Carol,” which explores the issue of homelessness at the holidays.

The ensemble has produced three compact disks. The newest is just published and all three will be on sale at the performances.

For information on the free event, call 518-885-1031.

Gloria Mazure

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