Silent Night at Trinity
Hamilton Monument in Trinity Churchyard; The Chapel of All Saints, inside Trinity Church
The Kroll Family Singers, members of The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and Trinity Youth Chorus
Join Austria’s Kroll Family Singers and Trinity ensembles to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the most famous Christmas song in the world and its message, which means the same in every language: peace. Silent Night was written and composed on Christmas Eve in 1818 in Salzburg by a local parish priest and school teacher. According to legend, the very first time the song was performed in the United States was on Christmas Day in 1839 in front of the Hamilton Memorial in Trinity Churchyard by Rainer Singers, an Austrian folk group. An assistant minister at Trinity Church, John Freeman Young, translated the song into English in 1859. Silent Night will be performed at the Hamilton Monument in Trinity Churchyard, followed by a concert of Christmas music from Austria and around the world at the Chapel of All Saints, inside Trinity Church.