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Trinity plans annual Evensong Concert Series

By Daniel Herda  - dherda@h-ponline.com 

Trinity United Methodist Church is preparing for its 4th annual Evensong Concert Series on Dec. 17 beginning at 4 p.m.

The series will be split in two parts – with the first half focused on soloist performances and the second half will include songs by the Trinity’s children’s choir.

Some of the numbers the choir will be singing are “All is Well,” “The First Noel” and “Forever God is with Us,” by Marty Parks.

“For a variety of music it is both classical and popular Christmas music,” said Evensong Concert Series Coordinator Greg Otis. “It is to celebrate the season here locally in Huntington. You don’t have to travel miles and miles to hear good, Christmas music.”

The series started four years ago, with Otis saying that the event was coined “Evensong” because of the word “evening” because it is an evening worship. He further said that Evensong came from a tradition of the Anglican Church in England.

“A lot of churches just use it as a concert series rather than of a worship service,” Otis said. “I kind of took the name from large churches in England and in the states as well.”

There will be students singing in the series as well. Those students are Alex Finney, Michael Langford and Carrie Runyan.

Church members will also be performing – with Norma Rogh playing the organ, Margy Stinson on vocals and Myrna Neff playing the piano.

The children’s choir has been rehearsing since the first week of October with the group building up to the big Dec. 17 concert at Trinity.

There will be an intermission between the vocalists and the children’s choir, with the event set to last a little more than an hour, according to Otis.

The church has been holding a Christmas event for decades, with Otis saying that moving the event time from noon to 4 p.m. and titling it “Evensong” helped make the concert available for more to attend.

“Before that it was on a Sunday morning so it was really limited to just our own congregation and I really wanted to make it available to the community – so that’s when it really became “Evensong” and we moved it to Sunday afternoon,” Otis said. “The public is welcome to attend and it is free.”

The event will close with the song “Hark the Herald,” with Trinity United Methodist encouraging attendees to join them in song at the end of the show.

“We’ve only got two more rehearsals,” Otis said. “Things have been going well and we are about ready.”

The church is located at 530 Guilford St. and can be contacted at 260-356-0961.