“Welcum Yule” Christmas Concert


Mark your “Holiday Calendars”.

Our Lady of Grace Church in Hoboken to Present “Welcum Yule” Christmas Concert

Canticum Novum Singers Will Perform Eight Centuries of Christmas Music on Sunday, December 16th

Our Lady of Grace
R.C. Church will present “Welcum Yule: Eight Centuries of Christmas Music,” an enchanting holiday season concert, on Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. One of the top adult choruses in the nation, the Canticum Novum Singers, under the direction of renowned conductor Harold Rosenbaum, will join the Hoboken Choir School to perform an inspiring program spanning all of the great periods of choral music. The New York Times has hailed “Chamber choruses don’t come any better” in reference to the Canticum Novum Singers.

For this special program, the Canticum Novum Singers are joining the gifted children of the Hoboken Choir School, Hudson County’s only scholarship choral program for kids, under the direction of conductor Andrew Cyr. The audience will hear all of this accompanied by New Jersey’s most historic pipe organ in a truly stunning space for music, Our Lady of Grace Church. The program will feature Christmas music both new and old, including some of the most cherished holiday melodies.

For ticket reservations to “Welcum Yule,” call the Music Office of Our Lady of Grace Church, 201.659.0369. Tickets to the performance are $15.00 for individual, $25.00 for two, and family packages for $30.00.

See more about the artists after the jump.

Hoboken Our Lady of Grace Church

The Canticum Novum Singers

The Canticum Novum Singers, hailed by critics and audiences alike, is now in its 34th exciting season under the direction of its founder, Harold Rosenbaum. During the past 34 years, this chamber choir has achieved both national and international recognition for its stylistic versatility, vocal blend, and expressive range. For more information, visit www.canticumnovum.org.

The Hoboken Choir School

The Hoboken Choir School is a community-based choral and music education program whose mission seeks to enrich the musical, artistic, and social development of young children in the Hoboken and Hudson County metropolitan area. Founded in December 2004, the Hoboken Choir School for Children provides children between the ages of 8 and 16 a free and fully endowed musical education, including concentrated professional vocal training, social activities, and a dedication to the highest level of choral artistic expression, regardless of previous musical experience or religious background. The School was founded by Artistic Director Andrew Cyr, Music Director of the Church of Our Lady of Grace, Hoboken, N.J. For more information, visit www.hobokenchoirschool.org.

Harold Rosenbaum

Harold Rosenbaum is one of the most accomplished and critically acclaimed choral conductors of our time. A vital force in American choral music for 33 years, Mr. Rosenbaum is founder and artistic director of two major choral groups: The Canticum Novum Singers now celebrating its 33rd season, and The New York Virtuoso Singers, now marking its 18th. Mr. Rosenbaum has conducted 1,300 concerts with these choirs and with others, including Westchester Oratorio Society, and his university choirs. In addition, he has collaborated over 100 times with leading orchestras such as The New York Philharmonic with James Conlon, The Brooklyn Philharmonic (over 50 times) with Robert Spano, Lukas Foss, Dennis Russell Davies, Michael Christie, and Grant Llewellyn, The American Symphony with Leon Botstein, The American Composers Orchestra with Steven Sloane, The Riverside Symphony with George Rothman, The Orchestra of St. Luke’s with Sir Charles Mackerras, plus The Juilliard Orchestra, The Bard Festival Orchestra, and others. He has also collaborated with P.D.Q. Bach in Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Halls, with The Mark Morris Dance Group, Bang on a Can, The Glyndebourne Opera Company, and The Bel Canto Opera Company.

Mr. Rosenbaum’s choirs have performed many times on Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series, and have appeared on The David Letterman Show, at The Tanglewood Festival, and in concerts with James Galway, Tony Randall, Tony Bennett, Licia Albanese, Marianne Faithful, Leonard Slatkin, The Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, Ilana Vered, Ned Rorem, F. Murray Abraham, and many others.

As a consultant to G. Schirmer, Inc. and Hal Leonard Corporation, Mr. Rosenbaum performs several important roles. He composes, recommends scores for publication, gives workshops and clinics, and shares his broad knowledge of the choral field with Schirmer’s editorial and marketing team. Recently he uncovered and edited a major choral work by Samuel Barber, which G. Schirmer is in the process of publishing.

Andrew Cyr

A native of Maine and resident of New York City, Andrew Cyr has studied trumpet with Jules Modat at the French National Conservatory, organ with Dr. Marion Anderson at Bates College, Pierre Grandmaison of the Basilique de Notre-Dame, Montreal, Stefan Engels of the Hochschule fur Musik and Theater, and Harvey Burgett, St. Thomas More Church, conducting with Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt and Dr. Andrew Megill of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, Kynan Johns of Rutgers University, and Kenneth Kiesler at the Conductors Retreat.

Mr. Cyr has appeared professionally with the New York Philharmonic, L’Opera de Nantes, France, and the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, NY, NY, Masterworks Chorus and Metropolis Ensemble. As conductor, organist, and trumpeter, he has performed throughout Canada, the United States, France, and Hungary.

Formerly Assistant Music Director and Choir Master for the Church of St. Thomas More, NY, NY, he is currently Director of Music at Our Lady of Grace Church, Artistic Director of the Hoboken Choir School, Conductor of the Metropolis Ensemble, Adjunct Music Faculty of St. David’s School, NY, NY, Conductor of the Rutgers Sinfonia Orchestra and lecturer in conducting at the Mason Gross School of Arts, Rutgers University.

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Went last night, what a wonderful event.


I just got back from the concert. I went with my son. It was absolutely beautiful. I’m so glad we went.


I went to the Christmas Concert last year and it was absolutely beautiful! Thanks to Our Lady of Grace for making an effort to bring real meaning to this joyous season!


The rest of my comment got cut off. What I was going to point out was that it may not be too wise to use the word “cum” in an event name if you’re a church, given the scandals of the past several years.


>(BTW — no wise cracks about how “Welcome” is spelled. It’s a ye-olde English thing. Roll with it.)