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St. Charles Singers: Candlelight Carols
The St. Charles Singers, recently hailed as “a national treasure” by American Record Guide, will present their 36th annual Candlelight Carols program, a Yuletide tradition since the choir’s founding in 1984. The 2019 holiday concert program will, for the first time, feature seasonal songs grouped by themes.
Founder and music director Jeffrey Hunt will conduct the professional mixed-voice chamber choir in sets of songs on the themes of mystery, hope and wonder, and joy.
The ensemble of 30-plus professional and professionally trained choristers will explore mystery through John Tavener’s “O Mary Theotokos,” Kenneth Leighton’s “Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child,” Jan Vander Roost’s arrangement of “The Silver Stars,” Philip Ledger’s arrangement of “Adam lay ybounden,” Richard Lloyd’s “Love Came Down at Christmas,” and Simon Preston’s “There Is No Rose.”
Hope and wonder will be represented by Peter Warlock’s “Benedicamus Domino,” Paul Edwards’ “No Small Wonder,” Percy Grainger’s “There Was a Pig Went Out to Dig,” the traditional “Children’s Song of the Nativity,” Mårten Janssen’s arrangement of “Est ist ein ros’ entsprungen,” Robert Boyd’s arrangement of “I Wonder as I Wander,” Ola Gjeilo’s arrangement of “Away in a Manger,” and the traditional “Silent Night.”
Illustrating the theme of joy are John Gardner’s “A Gallery Carol” and “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day,” Christopher Robinson’s “Rejoice and Be Merry,” John Rutter’s “Angels’ Carol,” Cecilia McDowall’s “Now May We Singen,” and Ben Parry’s “Jingle Bells.”
Single admission to Candlelight Carols is $40 for adults, $35 for seniors 65 and older, and $10 for students. Group discounts are available.