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The Lesters, a musical staple in Frederick, will perform songs from their new CD at a benefit concert on Saturday at Trinity School.

The CD, “Sing a Song of Joy,” was recorded in an effort to raise money for the music program at the private school.

Noel Lester, the patriarch of the singing Lesters, says helping the music department at the Trinity School is important for the children and his daughter, Marie, who is the director of music for the school.

“It’s a brand new CD,” Lester says. “What’s special and unusual about it is that it’s a limited-edition CD designed specifically to raise funds for Trinity School.

“It seemed like a good way to tie in the concert and raise money for the school.”

The musical Lesters, who have released a number of Christmas albums, are excited about the upcoming performance.

“[The show] is a mixture of a piece performed by the four Lesters, with various combinations of pieces, a number of which were written just for us,” Lester says. “[The piece] written for us by Dr. [Wayne] Wold is a 10-minute piece. It’s a pretty lengthy work, based on a Yiddish folk tune, called ‘Watch for Messiah.’

“We’re going to end the show with a little sing-along with familiar Christmas carols.”

Included on the CD are newly recorded versions of Wold’s take on “Go Tell it On The Mountain” by the Lesters and the finale of “Hansel and Gretel,” performed by the Trinity Chorus along with the orchestra of the Maryland Concert Opera, which was founded by Lester.

“Students were involved [in making the CD]. As a music educator myself, I have a vested interest and I try to involve the students to bolster their appreciation of the music,” Lester says.

The holidays, of course, are a time of warmth, happiness and giving, which would benefit the music program at Trinity School.

Other than the fundraiser, Lester says he really hopes people just get into the swing of the holidays.

“Certainly people’s spirits are lifted for the season,” Lester says. “And it’s a time when they can forget about what’s bothering them or annoying them. At the show, they can take heart in seeing the joy on the children’s faces.

“There’s nothing like seeing a child singing Christmas songs.”

wfranklin@gazette.net