Please join the St. Mary’s Choir and members of the Melrose Symphony in concert on Sunday, December 23 at 7:00 at St. Mary’s Church, 159 Washington Street in Winchester. They will perform John Rutter’s Magnificat under the direction of Randy O’Keefe. Soloists for the evening are Moya Charig and Joanne Boag. The Magnificat is the song of praise to God that Mary proclaimed upon being greeted by her cousin Elizabeth. The most well-known setting of this text was composed by J.S. Bach. Although most people do not associate the text with Christmas, Bach originally performed his setting of the Magnificat at Vespers on Christmas Day. Therefore, it is only appropriate that St. Mary’s music program select this Marian canticle of praise on the cusp of our Christmas celebrations. Consider taking a night away from crowded mall shopping to hear this inspiring piece and enter into the Christmas season with this joyous hymn of praise and thanksgiving.