The Manchester Community Church Choir — (left to right) Lisa Cavnar, Carol Wengel, Margaret Eddy and Pam Franchi — has been invited to participate in a performance of Mark Hayes’ International Carol Suite as part of the DCINY Concert Series at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Nov. 19. (Courtesy photo)

Manchester Community Church Choir invited to Carnegie Hall

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Community Church Choir will be celebrating the Christmas season in a special way this year by performing at Carnegia Hall in New York City.

Four members of the choir — Lisa Cavnar, Carol Wengel, Margaret Eddy and Pam Franchi — received an invitation to perform at the famed performance hall on Nov. 19 from the Distinguished Concerts International New York City.

The four singers will join with other choristers to form the Distinguished Concerts Singers International, a choir of distinction, according to a church news release. The concert, “The Suite Sounds of Christmas,” will include the music of Randol Bass (“The Night Before Christmas,” “Seasonal Sounds,” “Gloria,” and “A Feast of Carols”) and the New York premiere of music by Mark Hayes, “International Carol Suites.”

Conductor and composer Dr. Jonathan Griffith, artistic director and principal conductor for DCINY, said: “The Manchester Community Church Choir received this invitation because of the exceptional quality of their audition recording.

“It is quite an honor just to be invited to perform in New York,” Griffith said. “These wonderful musicians not only represent a high quality of music and education, but they also become ambassadors for the entire community. This is an event of extreme pride for everybody and deserving of the community’s recognition and support.”

After its Carnegie Hall performance, the full church choir and orchestra will perform at the annual Christmas Cantata “Peace Has Come” concert that will be presented at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 17. A second performance will take place at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 18, at the church.

The church is at 7545 E. Madrone Ave., Port Orchard.

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