Editor’s note: This was incorrectly published with a start time of 7-9 p.m. It is 2 p.m.
Orcas Island Community Church invites you to “Stille Nacht (Silent Night),” a Christmas concert, on Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $20. For more information, call (360) 376-6422.
This year’s concert features a varied program of European and Celtic infused Christmas music featuring the international ensemble of Irish flutist Brian Dunning, German and American vocalists Marc Gremm and Janet Marie Chvatal with American keyboardist and vocalist Jeff Johnson.
Over the years, the ensemble has developed a unique blend of contemporary Celtic, classical and sacred styles in concerts throughout Germany and in the U.S., including a rare performance at Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria in 2009. The evening will feature a rich blend of music from Johnson and Dunning’s instrumental recordings and vocal material from the quartet’s recording, Antiphon.
Johnson’s and Dunning’s music has become a mainstay in the contemporary Celtic music genre with acclaimed releases such as Byzantium, The Bard and The Warrior, King Raven Vols. 1-3, Patrick, A Quiet Knowing and Benediction. Their songs have been featured on many best-selling contemporary instrumental compilations, and their music has been featured on several documentaries and films including Martin Scorcese’s “Gangs of New York.” The duo is most well known for its popular Christmas recordings.
American soprano Chvatal and German baritone Gremm make their home in Bavaria, where they produce and perform the legendary roles of the “Empress of Austria” and “King of Bavaria” in the world’s first musical on ship and shore, The Swan Prince, a twilight adventure journey over the lake directly below Neuschwanstein Castle in Southern Germany. They have performed on television in Europe, with Cirque du Soleil and in leading roles in musicals such as Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera.