Video: ‘Merry Christmas, Mozart!’ and other gorgeous holiday sounds, from The Christmas Singers in Morristown

The Christmas Singers 2018: (L-R) Jennifer Yang, R. Wayne Walter, Patricia Ruggles, Elena T. Bird, Robert Long, Sarah A. Michal and Mariam Bora, at the Morristown United Methodist Church, Dec. 20, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
The Christmas Singers 2018: (L-R) Jennifer Yang, R. Wayne Walter, Patricia Ruggles, Elena T. Bird, Robert Long, Sarah A. Michal and Mariam Bora, at the Morristown United Methodist Church, Dec. 20, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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The Christmas Singers gave the precious gift of music to an appreciative audience on Thursday, continuing a Yule tradition stretching back 31 years at the Morristown United Methodist Church.

This year’s configuration included R. Wayne Walters (bass), an original member of the quartet, and longtime member Patricia Ruggles (alto). Rounding out the foursome were newcomers Elena T. Bird (soprano) and Robert Long (tenor).

Video playlist: Click top left icon to toggle through seven videos:

Videos in Playlist:

1. Merry Christmas, Mozart

2. There Shall Come Forth, by R. Wayne Walters

3. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

4. Jingle Bells

5. What Child Shall Come

6. Joy to the World

7. Silent Night

Church Music Director Sarah A. Michal (mezzo-soprano), who was one year old when The Christmas Singers debuted, joined them for several songs on Tuesday.

They were backed by Jennifer Yang, the church pianist / organist, and by Ruggles’ daughter, Mariam Whiting Bora, on recorder.

Highlights included There Shall Come Forth, composed by Walters, founder and conductor emeritus of the Morris Choral Society; a clever Merry Christmas, Mozart; and a sing-along on Joy to the World.

Slideshow photos by Kevin Coughlin. Click / hover on image for caption:

The Christmas Singers 2018: (L-R) Jennifer Yang, R. Wayne Walter, Patricia Ruggles, Elena T. Bird, Robert Long, Sarah A. Michal and Mariam Bora, at the Morristown United Methodist Church, Dec. 20, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Alto Patricia Ruggles sings at The Christmas Singers 2018 concert, Morristown United Methodist Church. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
R. Wayne Walters sings bass at The Christmas Singers 2018 concert, Morristown United Methodist Church. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Soprano Elena T. Bird sings at The Christmas Singers 2018 concert, Morristown United Methodist Church. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Tenor Robert Long sings at The Christmas Singers 2018 concert, Morristown United Methodist Church. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Mezzo-soprano Sarah A. Michal sings at The Christmas Singers 2018 concert, Morristown United Methodist Church. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Audience at The Christmas Singers 2018 concert, Morristown United Methodist Church. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Giant wreath at The Christmas Singers 2018 concert, Morristown United Methodist Church. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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This annual treat is made possible in part by an endowment from the late author John T. Cunningham, in memory of Jackie Wiley; and by Morris Arts, in conjunction with the state Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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