The last chance to hear Handel’s “Messiah” performed locally will be Sunday, December 22, at 3 p.m., at the Center Moriches Presbyterian Church located at 263 Main Street in Center Moriches. The Choral Society of the Moriches, under the direction of Martha Campanile, will perform this masterpiece for the 77th season. The performance is free and all are invited to attend.Kate Wood of Eastport will perform the “Messiah” with the Westminster Symphonic Choir and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Manze, now through Saturday, December 21, at the Lincoln Center in New York City. Kate is a student at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey, where she is a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir. Katie is a senior at Westminster and the daughter of Gary and Lisa Wood. She is a graduate of Eastport South Manor.
Composed of students, the Westminster Symphonic Choir has recorded and performed with major orchestras under many internationally acclaimed conductors over the past 79 years. Recognized as one of the world’s leading choral ensembles, the choir has put on more than 350 performances with the New York Philharmonic alone. Westminster Choir College is a division of Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts.
In other local music news, Ruth E. Bennett will be performing a harp recital at The Remsenburg Community Church located at 167 South Country Road in Remsenburg on Saturday, December 21 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., with a reception following at the White Chapel. Ms. Bennett, who grew up in the area, is now the principal harpist with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan in Merida, Mexico. She also plays with the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra in New York.
Light refreshments will be served after the performance. All are welcome and a donation is suggested but not required.
Henry Leuthardt’s Nursery, located at 607 Montauk Highway in East Moriches, invites families to ride the Candy Apple Express through the nursery this weekend. Kids can leave letters for Santa in his mailbox, sing carols and learn about trees! The nursery is also accepting donations of canned gods for local food pantries. Give them a call at (631) 878-1387 for more information.
Christmas Eve services at the Westhampton Presbyterian Church will be held on Tuesday, December 24, at 5 p.m., in the sanctuary (located on Meeting House Road on Quiogue) and at 10 p.m. at the Quogue Chapel. All are welcome.
There will be a live nativity scene at the Eastport Bible Church on Christmas Eve, from 3 until 11 p.m., and candlelight services that evening at 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Congratulations to the Eastport Bible Church choir members who performed a beautiful cantata on Sunday, December 15, under the direction of Jan Young. Choir members this year include: Esther Heine, Dodie Libby, Bob Meraglia, Emily Prott, Angel Rosado, Kevin Skarka, Jessica Stram, Cathy Strand, Craig and Kent Tillinghast, Priscilla Tuttle, Martha Wagner, David Wilcox and Charley Young. Special thanks to narrator Cindy Woschnik and sound engineer Kyle Tillinghast.
Happy 18th birthday to Luisa Skarka of Eastport who celebrated on Sunday, December 15. She is the daughter of Kevin and Gina Skarka.