Wheaton church to host free holiday concert by The Elizabethans Dec. 10

Submitted by Gary United Methodist Church of Wheaton
Updated 12/6/2018 8:31 PM
  • The Elizabethans, a local madrigal group, will perform its annual holiday concert on Monday, Dec. 10.

    The Elizabethans, a local madrigal group, will perform its annual holiday concert on Monday, Dec. 10. Courtesy of The Elizabethans

Wheaton's Gary United Methodist Church invites the public to a performance by The Elizabethans.

The local musical group, originally founded in 1970 as "The Madrigal Singers," will perform its annual holiday concert at the church at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10.

Sponsored by the church's United Methodist Women, the performance will feature a delightful mix of Christmas madrigals and other songs of the season.

Madrigals were popular during Elizabethan times, and the term refers to a pastoral song written for small groups that features two or more separate melodies to a simple text.

Brought to England from Italy in the 16th century, the madrigal flourished during England's Renaissance, becoming a favorite form of entertainment.

Admission for this event is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring mittens or a warm hat to be donated to People's Resource Center.

The center is a local charity that assists over 30,000 low-income DuPage County residents, providing them with basic needs and programs to break the cycle of poverty.

Located just north of downtown Wheaton at 224 N Main St., Gary Church is an active, mission-oriented congregation with deep roots in the community going back over 160 years. Known for vitalizing and inspiring worship services, the church incorporates a vibrant music program that offers choral, instrumental and bell ensembles. Programs are available to help children grow and learn together, and the church's youth programs are exciting and challenging. Engaging and energetic educational and fellowship activities help adults grow in their faith and generate lasting friendships. The church also operates a preschool that provides a quality and safe Christian environment for the children of the community.

For more information, visit the website of Gary United Methodist Church, www.garychurch.org or call (630) 668-3100.

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