Press Release:


October, 2018

Community Chorus at S. Berwick Holiday Concerts


Many Centuries and Cultures Encompassed in Holiday Concert

The 82-voice Community Chorus at South Berwick, directed by University of Southern Maine Professor of Music Nicolás Dosman, presents Winter Celebration, nine centuries' worth of winter holiday music sung in Latin, English, and Hebrew and rooted in cultures ranging from the United States and the Caribbean to the Middle East and Europe. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec 1 at Portsmouth High School and 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at Noble High School in North Berwick.

The town designated in the organization's name refers to the site of rehearsals. Singers in this chorus come from 24 southeastern Maine and New Hampshire communities.

Accompaniment for this year's performances will be supplied by piano, organ, chamber orchestra, and, for one work, solo percussion. The concert opens with two exuberant contemporary American pieces, "Gloria Fanfare" by Jeffrey Ames and "Jubilate Deo" by Mack Wilberg, director of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, formerly known as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

The program assumes a more subdued quality with two works from Jewish tradition, a setting of Psalm 8 by Dan Forrest and "O Chanukah" by Robert Applebaum, followed by John Rutter's lullaby-like "Candlelight Carol." Donizetti's "Ave Maria" and Vivaldi's lively "In Exitu Israel" (Psalms 114 and 115) round out the first half.

Acapella renditions of "Carol of the Bells" and the heart-rending "Coventry Carol," in an arrangement by celebrated American choir director/composer Dale Warland, will be sung by the CCSB Chamber Singers.

Most of the second half will feature contemporary arrangements of familiar Christmas carols and songs but will close with the full-throated "Hallelujah" chorus from Handel's "Messiah."

Tickets are $12 in advance and for students and seniors, $15 at the door.

Advance tickets are available from chorus members; Gary's Guitars, 800 Islington St., Portsmouth; and the South Berwick Pharmacy, 289 Main St., South Berwick or purchase via PayPal here