The Georgetown Chorale presented “A Mediterranean Christmas” on December 20th from 3:00- 5:00 at the First Congressional United Church of Christ located at 945 G Street, NW Washington, DC. Five of our students were able to attend this beautiful event of seasonal music along with several First Star Board members and staff. The program featured seasonal music from Italy and Spain, and the second half after intermission presented Ottorino Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity, which was simply stunning in its beauty. The range of music ran our emotions from quiet meditation to complete crescendo celebration of the mysteries of life and faith. Beautiful paintings from the Renaissance and beyond accompanied the amazing choir, lending a lovely visual treat in addition to the auditory feast of full choir, soprano solos, keyboard, English horn, flute, bassoon, and piano.

The Chorale announced that First Star, Inc. is the designated beneficiary for 2014-2015 and encouraged everyone to put the word out to attend the May 3 Sunday afternoon Spring Benefit Concert, featuring Lauriden’s evocative Lux Aeterna. Our students stood to be recognized for their wonderful hard work to attend college to a loud applause by the overflowing audience. It was standing room only so I think the students were pleased to be so honored.

“We are most grateful to the First Congressional United Church of Christ and theGeorgetown Chorale for inviting our students to become a part of their community in love, culture and beauty. With their support, our students are lifted up even higher as they reach for the stars! We thank you, one and all.”

We all look forward to January 3 & 4th when once again we will enjoy our First Star family at the Kennedy Center to see “Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”