Mountainside Baroque presenting annual 'Festival of Lessons and Carols' Dec. 22

The Scholars of St. Cecilia, Mountainside Baroque’s resident chamber choir, performs during a previous Festival of Lessons and Carols. This year’s event will take place on Dec. 22.

CUMBERLAND — Mountainside Baroque’s ninth season will continue on Dec. 22 at 5 p.m. with its annual Festival of Lessons and Carols. As in previous years, the ecumenical event will take place at Emmanuel Episcopal Parish, 16 Washington St.

Featuring the Scholars of St. Cecilia, Mountainside Baroque’s resident chamber choir, the celebration encompasses six centuries of Christmas music, including traditional carols, along with readings by local clergy and officials.

This year the choir has expanded to 20 singers drawn from around the tri-state area. The Scholars are co-directed by Ryan Mullaney and Lyle Nordstrom.

Although the Festival of Lessons and Carols derives from Anglican roots, the event is now widely celebrated across the religious and traditionalist community. In honor of common values, clergy and civic leaders representing a variety of local churches and institutions will share readings at the ecumenical candlelit event, including Lance Jackson of the local chapter of the NAACP, Bishop Martin Townsend, and Cumberland Mayor Ray Morriss.

The event is free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be received. For the latest information, visit www.mountainsidebaroque.org or call 301-338-2940.

Mountainside Baroque, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is funded in part by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Allegany Arts Council, The Naylor Family Trust Fund and the Iris and Peter Halmos Community Fund of the Community Trust Foundation, the city of Cumberland, Maryland Humanities and individual supporters and corporate sponsors.

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