December 10, 2022 - Christmas in Elmira

What: Christmas in Elmira, 2022

When: Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 3 pm

Where: The Park Church, 208 W. Gray St., Elmira, NY


The Park Church connection: The concert will feature two new pieces written about the history of the Elmira Civil War prison camp, one with reference to The Park Church congregation of 1864 and Rev. Thomas K Beecher.


Featuring the world premiere of Christmas in Elmira, 1864 and A Christmas Letter Home


Part of the Composer-in-Residence Story Music Project funded by Creatives Rebuild New York


In 1864 Elmira was home to an infamous Civil War prison camp. The people of Elmira, especially of the Park Church, were much concerned with the welfare of the men in the camp.


Even more so with snow blanketing the city on Christmas Day.


Music by composer Will Wickham with poetry of Edward Dougherty tells the story of both the prisoners and the residents of Elmira.


Additional music of the season by Breesport native Dan Forrest, Ola Geilo, Gustav Holst, and more...


Cantata Singers programs are made possible, in part, with funds from The New York State Council on the Arts' Decentralization Program administered locally by The ARTS Counci of the Southern Finger Lakes. This program is part of the Cantata Singers Composer in Residence Story Music Project program funded by a generous Artist Employment Grant administered by Creatives Rebuild New York.