"A FREE Garden District Christmas Concert 2015" will be presented at the Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, 1307 Louisiana Avenue, on "Gaudete" Sunday, December 13th, at 4:00 pm. It will be the official reopening of the newly-restored historic church, in the presence of the Most Reverend Gregory M. Aymond, Archbishop of New Orleans.
The first mass since a forced closure at OLGC by former Archbishop Alfred Hughes will be celebrated with Archbishop Almond and Monsignor Christopher Nalty in the church on January 2, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
Featured at the December 13 Concert will be several of New Orleans' finest musicians, including sopranos Phyllis Treigle and Melissa Brocato; tenors Kevin Rouchell and Bart Folse; and organist Brian Morgan, Director of Music. The Good Shepherd Choir will also perform Gregorian Chant.
Composers included will be Adolphe Adam, Jehan Alain, St Alphonsus, Gregory Hamilton, Calvin Hampton, Nicola A. Montani, and Daniel Pinkham.
The beautiful Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel was dedicated in 1894, and is regarded as the "most precious jewel in the crown known as the Garden District." The church is now part of Good Shepherd Parish, which comprises, as well, St. Stephen Church and the Church of St Henry.
There will be no charge for admission, though a free-will donation will be accepted. For further information, please telephone (504)227-3793.