William Tortolano

William Tortolano

“Sing We Now Noel,” a celebration of Christmas and seasonal music, will be presented at Blessed Sacrament Church in Stowe on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2 p.m. with organist William Tortolano, the 92-year-old Saint Michael’s College professor emeritus of fine arts and music.

Vocalist Elizabeth Ortiz will join Tortolano and the audience will have an opportunity to sing favorite carols from many countries, including a Native Huron carol.

Organ solos are by J.S. Bach, Pachelbel, Brahms, Yon and Rowley. Vocal solos will include “O Holy Night,” Schubert’s “Ave Maria, He Shall Feed His Flock from The Messiah,” and the Italian carols, “Gesu bambino” and “Tu scendi dalle stelle.”

Tortolano has enjoyed a long career, 61 of those years in Vermont. Recognized as an expert in Gregorian chant, he was honored with the papal medal, Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, by Pope Benedict.

The concert is free and open to the public. An optional free will offering will be available.

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