Chorale lifts holiday spirits of Mount Alverno Center residents


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  • On Dec. 30, members of the Warwick Valley Chorale, led by accompanist Gail Johnson, gave a special performance of traditional Christmas carols and songs for the senior residents of Mount Alverno Center in Warwick.




  • Gail Johnson, the Warwick Valley ChoraleþÄôs pianist, who was standing in for Director Stanley Curtis, skillfully played for and conducted the group in both religious and secular Christmas classics.




WARWICK — The Warwick Valley Chorale, approaching its 75th year, is Orange County’s longest running and most distinguished community chorus.

On Dec. 30, approximately 15 of its members, led by accompanist Gail Johnson, gave a special performance of traditional Christmas carols and songs for the senior residents of Mount Alverno Center in Warwick.

Mount Alverno Center, a state-approved adult home with an assisted living program, is part of the Warwick, NY campus of Bon Secours Charity Health System. The facility shares that campus with St. Anthony Community Hospital and Schervier Pavilion.

Johnson, the chorale’s pianist, who was standing in for Director Stanley Curtis, skillfully played for and conducted the group in both religious and secular Christmas classics. The residents especially enjoyed the chorale’s unique version of “The Little Drummer Boy,” where the chorus interrupts the drum beat of the well-known carol with interesting tangents by Strauss and Beethoven.

“The wonderful performance by the Warwick Valley Chorale during this holiday season was very enjoyable for our residents,” said Mount Alverno Activities Director Amy Steinberg. “We are so happy they came to entertain us.”




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