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Wonder Tidings

Location: New Jersey, USA
Choir type: Community Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
Philomusica Concert Choir 45th Concert Season
Dennis Boyle, Conductor/Director
 
“Wonder Tidings”
 
Philomusica Concert Choir is pleased to announce its December concerts on Saturday December 7 at 8 pm, and on Sunday, December 8 at 4 pm at Our Lady of Peace Church, 1740 Route 130 No, North Brunswick, NJ.  The choir will perform pieces by 20th century American and British composers, several sung capella and others accompanied by organ, harp and/or oboe.
 
In honor of the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten’s birth, the choir will present A Ceremony of Carols.  Usually this work is scored for treble choir.  We will be performing this piece with our full SATB choir, accompanied by harp, played by Diane Michaels.  The words are from English music written from the 14th to the 16th century.  This selection begins and ends with the ancient “Hodie Christus Natus Est" - "Today Christ is born".  The harp accompaniment adds an ethereal atmosphere to the choral parts and to the entire atmosphere of the selection.
 
Three Nativity Carols by Stephen Paulus connect directly to "A Ceremony of Carols" through mood and instrumentation.  Oboe, played by James Ferraiuolo, is added here to the harp accompaniment, another example of unusual instrumentation.  The three carols, “The Holly and the Ivy”, “This Endris Night”, and “Wonder Tidings”, were written in 1998 by Stephen Paulus for mixed choir, harp and oboe.
 
The program also includes Stephen Paulus’ Hallelu with harp, and A Savior from on High with harp and oboe; William Walton’s All this Time and What Cheer? a capella;  William Mathias’ Sir Christemas, with organist Shea Velloso; Steve Heitzeg’s little tree  with harp, and Andrew Carter’s striking arrangement of O Come O Come Emmanuel with organ.
 
The last selections in this celebration of the Nativity will be the traditional Silent Night and Joy to the World, accompanied by harp, organ, and oboe.  Audience members will be invited to sing along with the choir. 
 
We hope you will be able to join us for this unique program.  There will be a reception after each concert.
 
General Tickets: $17 Adult, $15 Senior/Student, $8 Children under 13. All tickets $2 more at the door.
 
Information and tickets call 888.744.5668, email info@philomusica.org, or visit www.philomusica.org.  Like us on Facebook.
 
This program or service is fiunded in part by Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission with assistance thru a grant provided by New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Dept of State.
 
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