Arts & Culture

Festival Chorus celebrates 30th Anniversary at Christmas Concert

On Sunday, December 9th, Buffalo’s Festival Chorus will celebrate their 30th Anniversary at a Christmas Concert entitled Brightest & Best. The chorus invites the community to the performance, which begins at 3pm at St. Katharine Drexel Parish at 135 North Ogden Street in the Lovejoy neighborhood of Buffalo.
Audiences will enjoy beautiful arrangements of seasonal favorites like the First Noel, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, O Come All Ye Faithful, and Silent Night, which is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. The chorus will be accompanied by talented pianist, Tom Rutter, violinist Claire Fisher, and cellist Allison Collins. The concert will also feature guest performances by gifted organist Peter Gonciarz, who will join Rutter for several songs with four-hand piano accompaniment.
“Like all of our members, I am so looking forward to this concert,” says Festival Chorus President, Crissy Campbell. “We love sharing this beautiful music and cheerful holiday wishes with everyone who comes to be a part of our 30th Anniversary Celebration.” The concert is appropriate for people of all ages, with free admission for children 10 and under.
Presale tickets can be purchased in advance for $8 from a Festival Chorus member or at the Church Rectory; call (716) 895-6813 for information. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $10. Following the concert, all attendees are welcome to join the chorus for a reception and refreshments in the parish hall.
The Festival Chorus is directed by Heather Lovelace, music director at the Parish of St. Katharine Drexel. “I’ve been a part of the Festival Chorus for more than 19 years,” said Lovelace. “As the director all these years later, I am so pleased to lead this group in song and in our message of praise and goodwill for the community on our 30th Anniversary. Lovelace teaches vocal music and chorus at Depew High School, has presented at the Classroom Music Festival, conducted the 2016 Erie County Elementary All County Blue Chorus, the 2017 Allegany County All County Senior High Chorus, and the 2017 Church Musicians’ Guild Children’s Choir Festival.
The Festival Chorus is part of the Christian Foundation for the Performing Arts (CFPA), a not-for-profit community choir, celebrating over 25 years of excellence in music. The members of CFPA and the Festival Chorus represent various churches, denominations, and communities in Erie and Niagara Counties. Their repertoire consists of classical, sacred, and contemporary music. The choir is committed to conveying hope, encouragement, and inspiration through their music. For more information about the Festival Chorus, please call (716) 870-5953 or visit
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