Two seminarians from the Diocese of Allentown – Deacon Philip Maas and Matthew Kuna – are among those performing in the 33rd Annual Christmas Concert of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary near Philadelphia, which is streaming on the Internet this year.
The seminarians, rector and music director presented the concert virtually on Sunday, Dec. 6, and it’s still available for viewing. The link is at the bottom of this article.
Fourteen of the 16 Diocese of Allentown seminarians are studying at St. Charles.
Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions the concert was not performed live and in-person. It will be available for viewing through the end of the year.
The 30-minute concert includes seven selections plus a Christmas medley of songs performed by three of the seminary’s Scholas, named after St. Ambrose, St. Benedict and St. Chrysogonus.
Musical accompaniment and solos are provided by current seminarians, alumni and faculty. A highlight of the performance is the singing of Biebl’s famous seven-part “Ave Maria” by 23 seminarians in virtual choir.
“Christmas brings us joy and hope for the future, which we need this year more than ever,” said Philadelphia Auxiliary Bishop Timothy Senior, Rector of St. Charles. “The Annual Seminary Christmas Concert is a highlight of the Advent season for our seminarians, who look forward to bringing joy and hope to all people of good will by raising their voices in song.”
Before and after the concert, the seminary’s Vice President of Information and Assessment Cait Kokolus provides a narrated tour of the seminary’s collection of Christmas crèches, featuring dozens of Nativity scenes from around the world.