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A very Mathes Christmas: Greenwich musician and friends rock the house at annual holiday concert

Greenwich resident and musician Rob Mathes pulled out all the stops last weekend at his 20th annual Christmas Concert at SUNY Purchase.

Among those taking the stage were Christmas Concert alums gospel singers James `D Train' Williams, and Vanese Thomas, a 90-voice choir and an extensive lineup of horn players that included Jeff Kievit, on trumpet, Mike Davis on tenor trombone, Jeff Nelson on bass trombone, Andy Snitzer on tenor sax, Aaron Heick on alto sax, Tony Kadleck on trumpet, and Roger Rosenberg on baritone sax.

Mathes himself switched effortlessly from the piano, to the guitar, to directing the chorus, moving to a pulsating percussion beat -- clearly enjoying the moment.

Another rising star on stage was Mathes' 16-year old daughter, Sarah, a sophomore at Greenwich High School, who sang a song, "Forever You'll Shine," that Mathes created for her to sing solo at his 20th concert.

Then, joining the performers on stage for the final set was special surprise guest Vanessa Williams.

After nearly three hours, the crowd of more than 700 was still jumping. With each encore number, they seemed ready to keep the beat going and Mathes didn't disappoint.

"I come every year," said Emily Ragsdale, one of many Greenwich residents in the crowd. "Rob's concert just gets better and better."

And it sounds as if there will definitely be a 21st Christmas Concert next year.

"We'll keep playing," Mathes told the crowd, "if you keep coming."

(Proceeds from the concert, after expenses, will go to The Rwanda Project, acharity started 10 years ago by the late David Jiranek of Old Greenwich.)

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