On Friday evening, December 7, St. Tikhon's Mission Choir gave a second performance of its 2012 Christmas program, "Hymns and Carols of Holy Russia," this time performing at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Carbondale, PA. The performance was warmly received by local concertgoers, who came together from a number of area Orthodox parishes, as well as from Holy Trinity Episcopal, to hear the polished and prayerful singing of St. Tikhon's Mission Choir.
The program focused on selections from Vigil and Liturgy by Russian composers such as Rachmaninov, Bortniansky, and Trubachev, but some other highlights included a haunting Christmas carol in Romanian and a beautiful -- and little-known -- rendition of a Carpatho-Russian carol for male choir and baritone solo.
Following the concert, the choir, along with various friends and family members, was invited to a Lenten reception at the splendid Victorian home of one the members of Holy Trinity. There, the singers were invited to perform again a few selections from their concert program, as well as some favorite Christmas carols, to the delight of all assembled.