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Candlelight Carols

The St. Charles Singers, the acclaimed mixed-voice chamber choir led by founder and choirmaster Jeffrey Hunt, will present a new edition of its annual Candlelight Carols program, featuring the heavenly sounds of the harp, played by guest harpist Erin Freund.

“Most of the selections will be new to the choir,” Hunt says. “We’re looking forward to exploring these beautiful works for the first time and sharing them with our audiences.”

Harp will be heard in 10 of the program’s 18 seasonal songs, including original compositions and arrangements: Stephen Chatman’s  “Lullay My Liking”; Marjorie Hess’s “The Oxen”; Jeffrey Van’s “El Rorro”; Lee R. Kesselman’s “The Friendly Beasts”; Paul Halley’s “The Cherry Tree,” which also has guitar accompaniment; John Rutter’s “Angels’ Carol” and “Joseph’s Carol”; Ola Gjeilo’s “The Rose”; Stephen Paulus’s “Wishes and Candles”; and Marcel Tournier’s “Six Noëls pour la harpe,” Op. 32.

Also on the program are Thomas Weelkes’s “Gloria in excelsis Deo”; Philip Stopford’s “Lully, Lulla, Lullay”; Jocelyn Hagen’s “Mother’s Song”; René Clausen’s “Magnificat”; Alice Parker and Robert Shaw’s “Christ was born on Christmas Day” and “How Unto Bethlehem”; and Westmont, Illinois, composer Robert A. Boyd’s “Silent Night.”

The St. Charles Singers also will premiere Boyd’s new arrangement of “O Come, Emmanuel,” commissioned by the choir.

General admission tickets are $40 for adults, $35 for seniors, and $10 for students.


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