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It was 202 years ago when "Silent Night" was first heard by Austrian villagers attending Christmas Eve mass in St. Nicholas Church in Oberndorf. How did this simple melody, with its words of comfort, become a beloved hymn of peace throughout the world? WRTI's Susan Lewis has the story.

Let’s share something extraordinary together! We’re gathering at the Kimmel Center on Monday, December 16th at 6 PM to sing a beloved carol, side-by-side with our fellow Philadelphians.

Warm up for the 2019 Silent Night Sing-In with Wissahickon High School's Camerata, a select choir of 32 vocalists led by John Conahan. They sing John's arrangements of "Silent Night" and "O Come All Ye Faithful," in the WRTI Performance Studio, along with some other beautiful songs. WRTI's Gregg Whiteside is host.

Watch the video recorded live on WRTI's Facebook page!

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It was a dark December evening in Philadelphia, just a few days shy of the winter solstice. Decked in down against the cold, people streamed into the Kimmel Center's cavernous lobby from the front and side doors.

Listen to this delightful performance by the Wissahickon High School Camerata Choir, led by John Conahan, when they were live on the radio and on the WRTI Facebook page on December 12th. WRTI's Gregg Whiteside is your host.

This month marks the 200th anniversary of the beloved Christmas carol “Silent Night," and we're inviting you to celebrate! Come sing at a free, community performance of a new arrangement of the song by Philadelphia composer John Conahan, who will conduct the work. WRTI's Gregg Whiteside will be your host.

Listen to this live broadcast recorded on December 12thWRTI Classical Host Gregg Whiteside introduces The Wissahickon High School Camerata Choir in their radio debut. The 35-member ensemble sings a festive program of holiday music and other lovely songs, under the direction of John Conahan, who also happens to be a composer of choral music!