Annual American Christmas Carol Concert Set For Thursday

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Carnegie Hall will be kicking off the holiday season with a program of Christmas carols next week, with a special concert featuring Sir James Galway and high school musicians and singers from the Tri-State Area.

As WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported Saturday, some gifted young musicians from the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra in Connecticut will be the recipients of an early Christmas gift as they perform at the legendary concert venue. This coming Thursday, they will join virtuoso flutist Galway at the eighth annual American Christmas Carol.

Also appearing will be multi-platinum soprano Jackie Evancho, Dove Award-winner Cindy Cruse Ratcliff, Lumiere from Ireland, and the American Christmas Carol Choir, according to the Fairfield Sun.

Composer Tim Janis is raising funds for music education.

“I think the arts are a way that can allow an outlet for expression, and that outlet helps bring peace and calmness and stability,” Janis said. “In the formative years, that’s so important in steering them in the right course.”

The concert will feature a 225-voice choir and a 120 piece orchestra.

One of the beneficiaries, Kate Winslet’s Golden Hat Foundation, helps children with autism.

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