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Postponed Winter Holiday Concert Rescheduled for Jan. 19

College Chorale and College-Community Chorus to Present Seasonal Music

January 4, 2014

Members of the Wilmington College Chorale are pictured performing at this year's Westheimer Peace Symposium. They are, from the left, Michael Short, Elijah Eicher, Nicholas Hutson and Gary Smith.

Members of the Wilmington College Chorale are pictured performing at this year's Westheimer Peace Symposium. They are, from the left, Michael Short, Elijah Eicher, Nicholas Hutson and Gary Smith.

Wilmington College’s College Chorale and College-Community Chorus will hold its annual Winter Holiday Concert Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m., in Hugh G. Heiland Theatre. It is rescheduled from early December when it was postponed due to the threat of inclement weather.

The Sunday Winter Holiday Concert will open with music by the College-Community Chorus, which is conducted by Elizabeth Haskins, assistant professor of music.

Its program, “A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten,” will honor the late English composer in the year of his 100th birthday anniversary. The work, published in 1943, is an engaging setting of Medieval English and Latin carol texts originally written for treble voices and harp.

The chorus will sing an arrangement for mixed chorus, soloists and harp. Harpist Genie Ghiergartner not only acts as an accompanist for the ensemble and soloists but also plays a solo harp interlude within the larger work.

The Wilmington College Chorale, directed by Tim Carpenter, will present a set of pieces looking at the holiday season from different perspectives, including sacred selections from both Christian and Jewish traditions, and secular pieces of winter and the holiday season.

Selections will include the new motet, “O Magnum Mysterium,” by Swedish composer Ivo Antongnini, in addition to Alfred Burt’s timeless “Some Children See Him” and a new choral setting of “Jingle Bells” based on Barbra Streisand’s version of that tune.

Rachel Kramer will provide piano accompaniment.