‘Clas­si­cal Christ­mas’ to fill St. Ig­natius with mu­sic

The Advance of Bucks County - - WORD ON THE STREET -

YARDLEY - Start your Christ­mas sea­son with a clas­si­cal Christ­mas con­cert fea­tur­ing award-win­ning mu­si­cians and singers per­form­ing tra­di­tional Christ­mas carols and hol­i­day mu­sic.

St. Ig­natius of An­ti­och Church in Yardley presents “A Clas­si­cal Christ­mas” cri­day, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the church at 999 Read­ing Av­enue, Yardley.

“A Clas­si­cal Christ­mas” is a daf­gen and Way­man con­cert event fea­tur­ing singers that have toured the globe from Notre Dame Cathe­dral to The New York City Opera and be­yond.

The artists will be backed by a world-class orches­tra con­ducted by Wil­bur Wit­te­mann of Lake­wood, N.g.

The orches­tra is com­prised of award-win­ning mu­si­cians from The Philadel­phia Pops, The Philadel­phia Orches­tra, The New gersey Sym­phony and the ma­jor the­aters of Broad­way and At­lantic City. The au­di­ence will be treated to fa­vorite clas­si­cal and pop hol­i­day se­lec­tions, ar­ranged and or­ches­trated by in­ter­na­tion­ally cel­e­brated ar­rangers.

“A Clas­si­cal Christ­mas” is the lat­est con­cert pro­duc­tion by games daf­gen and Bar­bara Way­man of Bucks County. The pair launched their ef­fort more than 15 years ago to pro­duce pro­fes­sional con­cert fundrais­ers for lo­cal and na­tional char­i­ties. Through­out the years, they have pro­duced gala con­certs that have helped or­ga­ni­za­tions raise thou­sands of dol­lars for wor­thy causes. They have pro­duced suc­cess­ful fundrais­ers for such or­ga­ni­za­tions as Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional, the SERs coun­da­tion, the Hamil­ton Ed­u­ca­tion coun­da­tion, The Mor­risville Her­itage As­so­ci­a­tion, The An­cient Or­der of Hiber­ni­ans, The Or­der of the Sons of Italy, The cree­hold Al­liance Against Al­co­hol and Drug Abuse and The St. Ig­natius Par­ish of Yardley and many oth­ers. They are proud to have helped The dreater At­lantic Health Sys­tem of Ocean City, Md., raise more than $30,000 IURP EHQH­fiW FRQcerts in 2011 and 2012.

daf­gen has per­formed ex­ten­sively with the Mozart ces­ti­val of Philadel­phia and the Bo­heme Opera Com­pany of New In­ter­na­tional. He was hon­ored to per­form for former New gersey dov. Christie Whit­man at Thun- der Sta­dium, and former Philadel­phia Mayor Ed Ren­dell at the Philadel­phia Univer­sity of the Arts. He has had the unique honor of singing at The Mead­ow­lands prior to the Three Tenors Con­cert fea­tur­ing Lu­ciano Pavarotti.

Way­man has been a lead­ing so­prano with The Prince­ton Opera, the Tren­ton Civic Opera and The Muh­len­berg Sum­mer The­ater ces­ti­val. She has per­formed with the Pic­colo Opera Com­pany of Phila- del­phia con­ducted by the leg­endary Mae­stro Roland ciore as well as with The Orches­tra of St. Peter con­ducted by cather Alphonse Stephen­son. She is the re­cip­i­ent of sev­eral voice schol­ar­ships and awards from The Philadel­phia Univer­sity of the Arts, and Muh­len­berg Col­lege and was ac­cepted to the ac­claimed Pe­abody In­sti­tute of Baltimore. She ap­pren­ticed in opera and pro­duc­tion at the New York City Opera, un­der the di­rec­tion of Bev­erly Sills.

The sug­gested do­na­tion is $25 for adults, $10 for chil­dren ages 6 to 16 and free to chil­dren un­der six. cor ticket in­for­ma­tion, call the rec­tory at 215-493-3377. sisa and MasterCard will be ac­cepted at www.stig­natiusyard­ley.org.

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