Plainfield, NJ Crescent Concerts presents the forty-third annual Yuletide by Candlelight on December 13 at 5 p.m. in the historic Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church in Plainfield.  Artistic Director F. Allen Artz, III, will lead the Crescent Singers in a free concert entitled There is No Rose to celebrate the wonder of Jesus’ birth.  The sanctuary will be illuminated only by candles, and the audience members will be invited to join in many of the carols during this unique Crescent Concerts tradition.

The Crescent Singers will open with a 20th century setting of the words to the 15th century carol, "There is no Rose of Such Virtue."  Following that, the choir will present music from the Renaissance to the present -- with such offerings as Vaughan Williams’s arrangement of the cheery Gloucestershire Wassail to Scriven's hauntingly beautiful take on an American poem, "Christ the Appletree."  The audience will participate in the singing of several medleys of favorite Christmas Carols, including "Oh Come all Ye Faithful" and "Silent Night," with Allen Artz at the Adams organ.  No tickets are required for this concert since it is a free musical gift to the community.

General admission is free.  Call 908-756-2468 or visit for more information about this and upcoming concerts.

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Concert Information:

Sunday, December 13, 2015, at 5:00 pm

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church Sanctuary

716 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield

Ample free, secure parking in Church lot (Entrance on First Place - connected to church by walkway)

Free admission


About Crescent Concerts:

Since 1980, Crescent Concerts at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church has brought world-class musical events to the residents of the City of Plainfield and surrounding communities.  Under the superb musical direction of F. Allen Artz III, programming for our concert series is wonderfully diverse including solo voice and instrumental performances, chamber groups, and full choral/orchestral spectaculars.  Crescent Concerts is committed to ensuring that its programs are accessible to all.  If you require a special accommodation, please do not hesitate to ask at the concert or call in advance at 908-756-2468 (9am – 4pm).  Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.