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Tidings of Comfort and Joy: An Antioch Christmas returns to Summit, New Jersey
by Luthien Brackett for Vocal Area Network
Posted December 11, 2004

Antioch logoIf the preponderance of radio stations playing Christmas songs from Thanksgiving through the New Year is any indication, nothing makes the holiday season seem as magical as its music. Even the most shell-shocked Christmas shopper can scarcely wipe the smile from his face when a group of carolers goes by singing "Deck the Halls." Just ask the Antioch Chamber Ensemble. Last year, to promote their first annual "An Antioch Christmas" concert in Summit, New Jersey, the chamber choir took to the streets of Summit, singing Christmas carols on street corners, in local shops, and at the train station, where weary commuters, enduring train delays due to the icy weather, were unexpectedly pulled from their holiday doldrums by "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" in four-part harmony. "Any requests?" asked artistic director Joshua Copeland. "O' Little Town of Bethlehem!" called one briefcase-toting kid-at-heart.

To duplicate that cozy, fireside inner glow, one need only go as far as Summit on Saturday evening, December 18 at 7:00 PM when Antioch