Angelic Concert At Grace Church

Grace Community Music continues its season with a concert entitles “Angels and All Saints” sung by the combined choirs of Grace Church accompanied by strings and Merynda Adam, harp, on Sat., Nov. 5 from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Admission is by freewill donation at the door.

Grace’s fine combined choirs of children and adults will present a brand new cantata, “Archangel Suite,” by British composer Patrick Hawes. The four movements, Michael, Raphael, Gabriel, and Uriel explore the character and blessings of the different angels. Soloists are mezzo Patricia Ruggles of Madison, and baritone Ted Roper of New Providence. The children’s choirs, 50 trebles ages seven to 18, will sing favorite anthems including spirituals “Goin’Up Yonder,” and “Hand Me Down My Silver Trumpeter.” The teen advanced ensembles, the Gargoyles and Daughters of Zion, will also be featured. A reception follows with hors d’oevres, cider and wine.

Dr. Anne Matlack has a B.A. in Music from Yale University, and a M.M. and D.M.A. in Choral Conducting from University of Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music. As well as serving as Organist & Choirmaster at Grace Church for 25 years, she conducts the acclaimed Harmonium Choral Society.

Grace Church’s choir program explores all styles of high quality music in a liturgical worship setting and follows Royal School of Church Music standards. Grace Community Music is celebrating its twentieth anniversary season. It was founded by donations at the wedding of Matlack and Jabez Van Cleef, to showcase local musicians, build a sense of community, and open the church to the greater Morris County audience. For more information call the church at 973-377-0106 or visit

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