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First Congregational Church Keeps Music in the Air

Summer Sings practiced and performed "Requiem"

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Greenwich, CT | Added on July 31, 2014 At 03:29 PM

Voices erupted in The First Congregational Church of Greenwich. The second Summer Sings program of the season brought members together to practice and perform a song all in one night. 

"Last month we started out with the Mozart Solemn Vespers and we had about 50 singers come from the community. Tonight is the John Rutter Requiem and we are hoping to have at least 75 or 80 come tonight," said Craig Symons, the Church's Director of Music and organist. 

Summer months are usually when choirs go silent, but Symons and Summer Sings are there to bring the music back to church. 

"It's a great chance for people to keep singing throughout the summer when their choirs typically take a break. It also builds community. It keeps people involved with each other and they get to see each other from month to month, and continue that family feeling throughout the whole year," said Symons. 

Symons has been a church musician for over 35 years, and people really enjoy singing under his direction. 

"Craig has a wonderful attitude towards music. he lives for it and he loves it. He brings that to the chorus," said Music Committee Chair Barbara Norrgard. 

"I've been a church musician all my life, and I've done nothing else but," said Symons. 

"I enjoy singing with Craig. His directions are not just meaningful, they are inspirational. It's a good thing to sing good music with a good director. It makes a very big difference," said Norrgard. 

The final Summer Sings event will be on August 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Church. 


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