Tickets Now on Sale for 21st Annual Pipes of
The Pipes of Christmas
will celebrate its 21 season with performances in New Jersey and
New York this December. The holiday favorite opens on Saturday, December 14 at Madison
Avenue Presbyterian Church, located at 921 Madison Avenue (at 73rd Street) for
a 2PM performance. The concert moves across the Hudson River on Sunday,
December 15 to Central Presbyterian Church located at 70 Maple Street in
Summit, NJ with performances at 2 and 7PM.
For those weary of the
ceaseless stream of secular seasonal music from department stores to TV, the
Pipes of Christmas offers a spiritual and traditional take on the season that
connects concertgoers to the holiday in a fresh, meaningful way. The show
features tunes such as, “Highland Cathedral,” Joy to the World, and Amazing
Grace, all performed live on pipes and drums, harp and fiddle, and organ and
brass and more. Not only does the performance define Christmas cheer, but also
it inspires those of Celtic descent to retrace and reconnect to their ancestry.
The 2020 production will
also mark the world premiere of “Mystical Nativity,” an original composition inspired
by the 16 century masterpiece painted by Italian Renaissance
master, Sandro Botticelli.
The concert presents the
music of Christmas accompanied by readings taken from the Celtic literature of
Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. Featured performers include singer Maddy Kearns
of Glasgow, Scotland making her concert debut, James Robinson from the film
“Braveheart,” New England fiddle champion Paul Woodiel, champion harpist Rachel
Clemente, and the Pipe Major Kevin Ray Blandford Memorial Pipe Band from
Redlands, CA among many more.
Scholarships and More
Proceeds from the concert
support an extensive music scholarship program, which includes the Carol
Hassert Memorial Fine Arts Scholarship at Summit (NJ) High School as well as annual
gifts to the National Piping Centre and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
(both located in Glasgow, Scotland) the Gaelic College of Nova Scotia and Lyon
College in Batesville, Arkansas.
Proceeds also support the
Society’s sponsorship of the US National Scottish Harp Championship, the Gaelic
Literature Competition at Scotland’s Royal National Mod and an annual academic
research prize at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Scotland’s Gaelic college on the Isle of
Each year, concert
highlights are webcast in hi-definition over the Christmas holiday to a global
audience. In cooperation with HomeTowne Television, the 2018 production was the
recipient of two prestigious Telly Awards for webcast excellence.
The concert is still
accepting Title Sponsors as well as Program Ads. These gifts help offset
production expenses and add help fund our scholarships.
Tickets Available Now
Tickets may be purchased
online exclusively through Brown Paper Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com
certain you select the event name and date in the search engine) or by phone at
(800) 838-3006. Reserved patron seats are available at both venues.
About “The Pipes of
Since making its debut in
1999, The Pipes of Christmas has played to standing room only audiences. Now a
cherished holiday event, the concert provides audiences with a stirring and
reverent celebration of the Christmas season and the Celtic spirit.
Audience-goers return year after year to experience the program, many reporting
that the Pipes of Christmas has become part of their family’s annual Christmas
The concert has been
lavished with critical acclaim. In his review for Classical New Jersey
Magazine, Paul Somers wrote, “The whole evening was constructed to introduce
gem after gem and still have a finale which raised the roof. In short, it was
like a well constructed fireworks show on the Glorious Fourth. The Westfield
Leader described the concert as “a unique sound of power and glory nowhere else
to be found.”