Smithfield Church Concert!

Photo by Robert Riemer


by Kevin T McEneaney

What is the best way to enter the Holiday Season with optimism springing in your step? Attend a concert, of course!

The sixteenth annual Christmas Concert & Tea at Smithfield Church in northwestern Amenia will be held on December 4th at 4pm. The Smithfield Church Orchestra will feature eight talented musicians with a program arranged and directed by noted horn player Matt Finley. The Concert at 656 Smithfield Valley Road (Route 93) remains free. The program:  

Carol: “O Come All Ye Faithful,” Hymn #133, verses 1 & 3

March from The Nutcracker Suite, Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Trio Sonata in G major, BWV 1038, J. S. Bach

Rev. Grandgeorge, poem, W. B. Yeats, “Down by the Sally Gardens”

Down by the Sally Gardens, arranged by John Rutter

A Child’s Eyes, Matt Finley

Why & When, Bert Van Der Veen

Offertory on Greensleeves, Dr. Hampson Sisler

Poem: “Christmas Spirit” by Kevin T McEneaney

Carol: “Angels We Have Heard on High,” Hymn #113, all verses

Le Tombeau de Couperin, Maurice Ravel

Lakmé Flower Duet, Léo Delibes

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 Part VI, J. S. Bach

The Christmas Waltz by Sammy Cahn & Julie Styne

Carol: “Joy to the World,” Hymn #134, verses 1 & 4

Attendees must wear masks and for the fabulous, sumptuous Tea that traditionally follows, attendees must be vaccinated. Sometimes an unannounced celebrity musician often swings by to accompany the orchestra. There is now chair lift access for the disabled at the Church. I freely admit that I am a mentally compromised individual on this subject of this event because I have been part of the event for many years. I hope to see you there!

Matt Finley Quartet at Smithfield Church from a few years ago