The Connecticut Master Chorale, under the direction of Tina Johns Heidrich, will present its annual Holiday Prelude Concert on Sunday, November 19, at 3 pm at the First Congregational Church, 164 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury. Ring in the season with a glorious selection of outstanding choral music reflecting many cultures, featuring “A Celtic Christmas”, and music for Thanksgiving, Advent, Hanukkah and Christmas and more! Opening with a resplendent brass fanfare, jubilation and majesty combine in a dramatic new “Gloria in Excelsis Deo!”.
The program also features “A Celtic Christmas”, an eclectic grouping of three Celtic pieces, and “Christmas in the Great Hall”, a majestic choral fantasy featuring unique arrangements of seven time-honored carols. “African Star Carol” from South Africa and “La Trulla” from Puerto Rico and “Believe” from the movie “Polar Express” will contrast with the jazzy standard “That’s What I Want for Christmas”, first made famous by Ella Fitzgerald and a Big Band version of the spiritual “Mary, Mary!”.Also included are works by Dan Forrest, Ridgefield’s Stephen Schwartz, and a gorgeous musical setting of a Rachael Field poem, along with many other festive selections that will assure a joyous and memorable start to the Holiday Season.
An exhilarating retelling of the Christmas story, “Down in Bethlehem!” will close our program with the spirit of joy, energy and excitement found only in gospel music!
The Connecticut Master Chorale is an ensemble of 55 vocalists in their 19th year of singing in Western Connecticut. They will be accompanied by the Connecticut Master Chorale Holiday Brass and Joseph J. Jacovino on piano and organ.
Admission to the concert is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The venue is handicap accessible and doors will open at 2:15. Please call (203) 743-0473 for ticket purchase and visit http://www.cmchorale.org for additional information.