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St. Charles Singers: Candlelight Carols

Categorized as: Performing Arts & Dance
Event tags: holiday events

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The St. Charles Singers’ “Candlelight Carols” concerts have been an annual tradition since the choir’s founding in 1984.

The 2017 edition of the Christmas program will offer “fresh and engaging new arrangements of favorite carols,” says Jeffrey Hunt, founder and music director of the professional chamber choir.

These include “Jingle Bells” arranged for eight-part choir by Ben Parry. Hunt describes it as “jazz-inspired, complex, and very rhythmically interesting.”

Hunts says that despite the holiday concert’s longstanding title, this will be the first edition that consists solely of carols, rather than a mix of carols, motets, and anthems.

“About 90 percent of the repertoire is new to the St. Charles Singers,” Hunt says.

Hunt has selected a half-dozen arrangements from a newly published collection titled “Christmas Carols of the World.” Among them are Niels Gade’s “Barn Jesus i en krybbe la,” Jakub Zicha’s “Byla cesta,” Mark Sirett’s “Huron Carol,” Hans Schanderl’s “Kiris Bara Bari,” Jehan Alain’s “Noël nouvelet,” and John Rutter’s “The holly and the ivy.”

Also on the Christmas program: “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Ola Gjeilo; “My Lord Has Come” by Will Todd; “A Hymn to the Virgin” by Benjamin Britten, “Tuoro, louro, louro” by Robert Shaw and Alice Parker; “I Saw Three Ships” by Simon Preston; “Deck the Hall” by Hugo Cole, “Good King Wenseslas” by Paul Halley, and “Silent Night” by David Willcocks.

Hunt says the concert aims to be “fun and entertaining to see as well as to hear” and hints that there might be a few visual props – perhaps even a chorister or two in costume – and instruments creating atmospheric effects suggested by the lyrics.

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