12/21/16 10:27am
The Corchaug Singers, lead by William Roslak, will perform at Our Lady of Ostrabama Church on Friday, Dec. 23. (Credit: Emily Greenberg)

The Corchaug Singers, led by William Roslak, will perform at Our Lady of Ostrabrama Church on Friday. (Credit: Emily Greenberg)

Remembering the true meaning of Christmas is the spirit behind Friday’s annual Candlelit Christmas Concert at Our Lady of Ostrabrama Church in Cutchogue.

The concert is loosely based on the Nine Lessons and Carols service, which has been performed at Kings College in Cambridge, England, since 1878. It celebrates the birth of Jesus in nine short bible readings, interspersed with Christmas carols, hymns and choir music.

“We take a more secular approach; it’s less formatted,” said Southold resident William Roslak, who leads the group. “We don’t have nine lessons. We have five readings: one is biblical and the others are pieces of poetry.” (more…)

12/11/15 6:05am
The Corchaug Singers, lead by William Roslak, will perform at Our Lady of Ostrabama Church on Wednesday, Dec. 23. (Credit: Emily Greenberg)

The Corchaug Singers, lead by William Roslak, will perform at Our Lady of Ostrabama Church on Wednesday, Dec. 23. (Credit: Emily Greenberg)

The spirit of the season sometimes gets lost in the chaos of Christmas shopping, cooking, and decorating.

That’s what inspired Southold resident William Roslak to organize a choral society of young music professionals to perform a yearly holiday concert, meant to ignite the true meaning of Christmas.

“Christmas tends to be chaotic and focus on the commercial,” Roslak said. “This is one moment where you can take the time to reflect on what this season is really about.” (more…)