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Capital Singers bringing Hanukkah, Christmas music to Trenton

From staff reports

The Capital Singers of Trenton will be performing for the last time under founding conductor Richard Loatman for its Hanukkah and Christmas show, “Winter Songs XI.”

The performance Dec. 10 will feature songs including George Frideric Handel’s “And the Glory of the Lord” from “Messiah”; “Christmas Cantata” by American composer and organist Daniel Pinkham, and “Avinu Shebashamayim” (A Prayer for the State of Israel), by Meir Finkelstein, cantor and composer of contemporary Jewish liturgical music.

“Winter Songs XI” will be Loatman’s farewell performance. Loatman, who also serves as artistic director, has conducted the 85-member chorus for more than a decade. The chorus has performed several of his arrangements in previous concerts and will perform a new Loatman arrangement of a Christmas favorite during the show.

Vinroy D. Brown Jr. will take over full conducting duties in January with Loatman remaining involved as executive director. Brown has already begun his tenure by conducting the 25-member auditioned chorale, which will also perform during the show. Selections include “Zum Gali Gali” by international artist Maurice Goldman, who was known for his Yiddish and Hebraic music, and the Shakespearean piece “Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind” by contemporary arranger Matthew Harris.

Featured soloist Cantor Arthur Katlin will lead the Hanukkah portion of the concert. Katlin, of Lawrenceville’s Adath Israel Congregation, holds degrees in sacred music and Jewish education.

“Winter Songs XI” will begin at 4 p.m. in Sacred Heart Church, 343 S. Broad St., Trenton.

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