POCONO PINES, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE / WYOU) – “As soon as they heard the town radio … they were in it,” said Joan Hild, a viola with the choir of St. Maximilian Kolbe Church.
A local choir takes on the Big Apple. The Saint Maximilian Kolbe Church Choir will perform at Radio City Music Hall as part of “Sounds of Christmas Experience” in two and a half weeks.
“What a great way to show our church and our choir and how much we can sing. It’s just great for the community, ”said Sean Carpenter, parish priest of Saint Maximilian Kolbe.
“73 years old and I’m finally going on stage there. It’s fantastic! ”Gail Rullis, a soprano in the choir, said.
The choir members invited their friends and family to sing together in New York City on December 5. The group auditioned for “Sounds of Christmas Experience” in May. They will sing 15 minutes before the Rockettes’ Christmas Spectacular show that day.
“I am very proud of them. They are amateur singers. They are not professionals but they work hard. They bring their music home and practice. And it looks like they… Everyone’s really excited about it, ”said John Marcinkowski, the choir director.
The members of the choir are between thirteen and ninety years old. A member will be 89 years old on the day of the performance. The choir will sing ‘Carol of the Bells’ to bring some holiday cheer. They will also sing ‘Blue Christmas’, in memory of Fran Yuskaitis, a member of the choir who died suddenly following a car accident.
“Without it, it won’t be the same,” Marcinkowski said.
“She will be missed and we wish she could be with us because she was so looking forward to singing with us. But she sings with us in Heaven, ”Carpenter said.
Marcinkowski says the group will bring their spirit with them on stage.