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Pacific Strings at St. James 2015

Advent is a short season of preparation preceding Christmas. A traditional part of our preparation at St. James is the Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols. Our Festival will be held on Sunday December 11th, 2016 at 7pm. Here is a map. The festival of Lessons and Carols is made up of the joyful singing of Carols, short prayers, and readings. This is a candle lit service featuring music by Pacific Strings and our own Shelly Franklin. A service bulletin is provided with the complete service including all the carols. The candles are 100% bees wax and don't gutter or drip. Light refreshments follow the festival next door in Duncan Hall. If you've not heard a String Quartet at St. James you are in for a treat. The building has beautiful acoustics for chamber music. Let us know you're attending by using our Facebook Event.

Festivals of Lessons and Carols are traditional but not ancient. The first Festival of Lessons and Carols we know of took place in 1878. The service is famously associated with the Choir of Kings College Cambridge. St. James' festival features congregational singing, a solo by Shelly Franklin (soprano), and a string quartet.

This years Carols include

  • Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (solo)
  • O Come, All Ye Faithful
  • It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  • Let all Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
  • Joy to the World
  • O come, O come Emmanuel
  • Angels we have Heard on High
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Hark the Herald Angels Sing
  • O Holy Night (solo)

Pacific Strings is comprised of four friends dedicated to sharing their love of great chamber music with people of all ages. Karen Lindblom and Mary Bormann founded the group in 2000, and DalRae Murray and Kjell Stenberg are the group's more recent additions. Members of the quartet have toured internationally, performing with orchestras in such venues as Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House.

Pacific Strings performs primarily up and down the Bay Area peninsula, but the group has traveled as far north as Napa and as far south as Half Moon Bay. In addition to playing at numerous weddings and private events, they have performed in corporate settings, at higher education institutions, and for religious services. Members of the quartet are committed to sharing their love of music with young children, as evidenced by their participation in student group recitals.