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
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