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Harmonia to perform concerts of light in the darkness

Lent, which begins Wednesday, is a time to contemplate light in the darkness. The singing group Harmonia has found an unusual way to remind us of that. The chorus has commissioned its own medieval-style candelabra from local blacksmith Andrew Chambers. The candelabra will illuminate the singers as they perform three candlelight concerts.

All performances are free.

The music is described as “music of Lent and repentance, life and death, darkness and illumination.” Featured will be composers including Johannes Brahms and Renaissance masters Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and Carlo Gesualdo. The choir will also sing music by Frank Ticheli, famous for his arrangements of “Shenandoah” and “Amazing Grace,” and New Orleans native Moses George Hogan, the African-American authority on spirituals who died a few years ago, tragically young.

The first performance takes place at 7 p.m. Sunday in St. Peter’s Church (620 Center St., Lewiston). The second concert is at 7:30 p.m. March 7 in St. Louis Church (35 Edward St.) and the final concert is at 7 p.m. March 9 in Saints Peter and Paul Church (5480 Main St., Williamsville).

Admission is free. For more information, visit,

– Mary Kunz Goldman

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