The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is upon us; consider slowing down and reflecting while listening to the glorious sounds of the season. The Susquehanna Valley Chorale will offer their annual tradition, Candlelight Christmas, on Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 10 at 3 pm at Zion Lutheran Church in Sunbury.

The beloved performance features the 100-year-old tradition of Nine Lessons and Carols.

William Payn serves as Conductor and Music Director and Coleen Renshaw serves as Accompanist, as well as SVYC Director.

The SVC ensemble includes over 60 members. The performance will be accompanied by Elizabeth Asmus on harp, David Cover on organ, the Commonwealth Brass, and percussion, as well as a traditional candlelighting to conclude the performance.

The concert will feature traditional carols such as Once in Royal David’s City, Silent Night, Joy to the World, and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.

Other selections include Dan Forrest’s Arise, Shine, Paul Carey’s Ding Dong Merrily on High, Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque, Glenn Rudolph’s The Dream Isaiah Saw, Dan Forrest’s Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus, and Eriks Esenvalds’ Trinity Te Deum, among others.

Special Guest: Susquehanna Valley Youth Chorale

The Chorale will be joined by special guest, the Susquehanna Valley Youth Chorale, which includes two dozen singers from across the region in grades 2-12. They will perform: The Colors of Christmas and Christmas Bells are Ringing, accompanied by four handbell ringers. Verlaine Shaw will accompany on piano and Coleen Renshaw will direct the ensemble. The SVYC will also accompany the SVC on the following pieces: The Dream Isaiah Saw and Candlelight Carol.

Sponsors for the performance include: Martha and Alan Barrick and Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate. The Co-Sponsor is Mifflinburg Bank and Trust. Underwriters include: Gloria Karchner, Jackie Paul and Al Bothe, Jr. and Bernadine Richard.

Tickets for the performance are $25 for adults and $10 for students.

Tickets are available online at, by calling 570-547-0455 or at the door.

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