Bishop Paul R. Sanchez, Rev. Msgr. Joseph A. Funaro and The Sacred Music Society of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs present their Annual Christmas Concert at 4 pm on Sunday afternoon, December 9. The Sacred Music Society joins with the Oratorio Society of Queens to perform this concert under the artistic direction of the Music Director of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Maestro David Close.
The concert features highlights from the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah.” The performance features Geraldine McMillian, soprano, Dory Schultz, tenor and Vaughn Fritts, bass-baritone with the Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens.
The second half of the concert features beloved Christmas songs of the season: “The First Nowell,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” the West-Indian favorite, “Mary’s Boy Child,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and many more. Also featured is a stunning arrangement of “Angels We Have Heard on High” by Mack Wilberg and “Do You Hear What I Hear” written 50 years ago to lift the country’s spirits after the difficult time our nation underwent during the Cuban missile crisis of October 1962.
The concert is a much anticipated event at the church as parishioners and friends begin their preparations for the Christmas season. It is an annual tradition that brings the whole community together as the entire audience joins in singing their favorite Christmas carols with the chorus and full orchestra!
The concert is performed in the church which is located on Ascan Avenue and Queens Boulevard. Tickets are $25 and children, 12 and under accompanied by an adult, are free. For additional information, please call Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Rectory at 718-268-6251.