Eaton Street Christmas Stroll on tap



The Key West Theater, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and the Key West United Methodist Church unite to produce a new holiday tradition: the “Eaton Street Christmas Stroll” on Dec. 10. Each venue will host a short Christmas-themed performance with caroling as you walk from performance to performance. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. at St Paul’s Church, 401 Duval St., with a traditional Christmas vespers service featuring lessons and choral music. There will be music from the 11th century plainsong tradition as well as 21st century choral composers such as Dan Forrest and John Rutter.

After the performance at St. Paul’s, audience members can sing carols down Eaton Street to view the Living Nativity at the United Methodist Church and then head inside for the Masterwork Oratorio Chorale performance of “A Ceremony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten. Britten wrote the piece during World War II in 1942 while crossing the Atlantic aboard a cargo ship. Originally written for treble voices, the choir will be performing a four-part choral version, with harp accompaniment by Miami harpist Deborah Fleisher. Soloists include Ginny Barr, Heather Carruthers, Fran Decker, Maj Johnson, Rosie Mayne, and Sandy Walters. “A Ceremony of Carols” will be conducted by Dean Walters.

After the “Ceremony of Carols,” the audience will pass the Living Nativity once again as they carol their way over to the Key West Theater for wassail and a performance of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” with Christmas music by Key West Theater School for the Performing Arts students McKenzie Copper and Kate Reilly, and more.

The Eaton Street Christmas Stroll begins at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at the corner of Duval and Eaton Streets at 5 p.m. on December 10th. Performances at each venue will be about 25 minutes in length. Tickets can be purchased or by calling 305-985-0433. ¦

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