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Little Christmas in Jackson Square Set For January

East Weymouth church tradition raises funds for food pantry.

A brass ensemble from America 's oldest community orchestra will be among the featured performers at the 14th annual A Little Christmas in Jackson Square on Sunday, Jan. 6.  

Players from the Southeastern Philharmonic Orchestra will join the choirs of East Weymouth Congregational Church and Immaculate Conception Parish in the ecumenical musical celebration of Epiphany.  Also known as Little Christmas or Three Kings' Day, the Epiphany in Christian tradition commemorates the visit of the magi bearing gifts for the baby Jesus and the revelation of the child to the non-Jewish world.  

It will be held at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of the church, 1320 Commercial St. at Jackson Square . Admission is free, but a voluntary donation is collected to benefit the Weymouth Food Pantry.

The concert has raised more than $10,000 for the pantry since 2003.

 "A Little Christmas in Jackson Square is a gift from the musicians to one another and to the community," said Victor DeRubeis , director of music at the church, who founded the concerts in 1999. "Many people have told us over the years that this is a great way to end the Christmas season and to start the new yea. We're happy to collaborate with the SPO players, since the orchestra has made the church its rehearsal and performance home for years."  

Other groups to be featured will include the First Church Chime Group plus other instrumentalists and vocalists. The concert also includes a sing-along and concludes with the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's "Messiah" featuring the 50-voice Little Christmas in Jackson Square Great Choir accompanied by the church's historic Hutchings-Votey pipe organ.  

For more information, call 781-335-6919 or go to www.eweyucc.org.

-East Weymouth Congregational Church

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