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Silent night, holy night in free chamber orchestra concert

Christmas Eve is a night for music. Paul Ferington, the retired conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, loves to celebrate that. In what has become an annual tradition, he will be conducting a free concert with a chamber orchestra on Christmas Eve at Williamsville United Methodist Church, on the corner of Main and Oakgrove in Williamsville.

Titled “Stille Nachtmusik," the concert includes music by J.S. Bach and Johann Wendt as well as special arrangements of favorites including “Ding Dong Merrily On High” and “The First Noel." Ferington will be leading a chamber orchestra that includes members of leading local orchestras as well as Amherst expats returning for Christmas. Two newcomers this year are Valerie Heywood, the BPO's principal violist, and Ronald Daniels, retired BPO bassoonist.

"We are so blessed to have these world class musicians willingly give their time and talent to our Christmas Eve events, and we look forward to and treasure their involvement each year," Ferington said, announcing the concert.

"Stille Nachtmusik": 8 p.m. Dec. 24 at Williamsville United Methodist Church, 5681 Main St. Call 684-4800. Free

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