St. Aidan’s musicians to perform St. Patrick and St. Joseph concert this Sunday

St. Aidan’s musicians to perform St. Patrick and St. Joseph concert this Sunday
St. Aidan's Church in Williston Park. (Photo by Taylor Herzlich)

The St. Aidan’s Church choir and orchestra is hosting their annual St. Patrick and St. Joseph concert on March 10 at 3 p.m. in honor of the upcoming saints’ days.

The concert will feature traditional Irish and Italian music along with more recognizable, pop music. The songs will be performed by professional musicians and The Heavenly Choir, a volunteer chorus of more than 20 singers that has been performing at the church for around 25 years. The choir sings nearly every Sunday during 12 p.m. mass at the church.

“We’re [all] volunteers because we love to sing. Bottom line,” said Joseph Mariani, a long-standing member of the choir.

The Heavenly Choir has some talented soloists, including Reagan Stone, a Mineola resident and cantor at the church. Stone was a resident at the Harrt School opera house and has performed in many musicals around the country. Now, she is a music teacher at St. Aidan School.

“[Stone] is an absolutely fantastic soprano,” said Mariani. “You really have to listen to her.”

Stone is not the only cantor-soloist to stun audiences.

Greg Mercer also has a background in opera and has been performing with St. Aidan’s for around 10 years. Outside of his commitment to the church, Mercer is an adjunct music professor at Hofstra University.

Drago Bubalo, a pilot and music director who grew up in Croatia, conducts the choir and orchestra. His dedication to the church cannot be doubted, seeing as he makes a unique commute to choir rehearsals: a short flight from Poughkeepsie to Farmingdale around once a week, as Blank Slate Media reported last year.

St. Aidan’s often holds themed holiday concerts, including a yearly Christmas concert and concerts to celebrate the change of seasons.

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