Memories of Christmas present
emerge from St. Johns holiday concert
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 3:11 AM
In the midst of falling snow and covered roads, many area residents attended the St. John's Historical Concert on Sunday evening, Dec. 8. Many performers themselves traveled a great distance in such weather to entertain the audience.
Those who provided music included Suzanne Eberle; the St. John's Teen Chimers directed by Marva Eickoff; the Kingsland Carolers directed and accompanied by Elliot Grandall; and the Misty Mountain Boys from Utica, Minn. Unfortunately, the arranged soloist could not attend the performance.
Instead, Eberle played a beautiful medley of several of his solos, and Jordan Pokorney, a member of the Kingsland Carolers, sang the final song. The songs performed were both secular and sacred songs.
This year marked the 25th annual Christmas concert for the Wykoff Area Historical Society. Several people were acknowledged for their dedication in being involved in the production of the concert. Kathleen Mulhern and Esther Evers have arranged the concert ever since it began and Elliot Grandall has been involved in providing music since 1990.
One unique change in the program involved technology. Instead of turning around to watch the chimers play, the audience watched the performance from a projection in the front of the sanctuary. The chimers played well and even added some singing on top their own music.
The Kingsland Carolers sang three songs for the audience. One song was sung a capella while the others were accompanied by Grandall. Each voice added excellence to the concert.
The Misty Mountain Boys quartet played several musical instruments including a guitar, fiddle, mandolin and upright bass. Many of their songs consisted of foot-tapping, hand-clapping, happy and upbeat music. Other songs also included a little Irish flare and lonely, Civil War-flavored music. As they played, their fingers danced over the strings to the delight of the audience.
Throughout their performance, the Misty Mountain Boys encouraged audience participation and German singing for "Silent Night."
To round out a wonderful concert and exciting evening, Pokorney sang "O Holy Night." The beauty of the song entranced the audience, creating a perfect ending to the program.