The Central Coast Chorale will be presenting our annual Wishes & Candles holiday concerts in December. The fifty-voice choir under the direction of Dr. Mary Lee Scoville will be kicking off the holiday season with a wonderful selection of Christmas music on Saturday, December 8th at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. The concert will be repeated on December 15th at the Commons in Yachats and then, on December 16th the Chorale will perform a special version of the concert at the Newport Performing Arts Center adding a small orchestra as accompaniment. All three concerts begin at 2 pm and have a suggested donation of $10 for admission.
Since the choir started off their fall season participating in the Newport Symphony Orchestra’s very successful anniversary concert singing the famous Ode to Joy movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, they decided that this year’s holiday concerts should include somewhat lighter fare. This music selection has resulted in a mix of all the aspects of the Christmas season from awe to quiet reflection to joyous lightheartedness. Instead of some of the larger works of serious classical composers that have featured at previous concerts, the Chorale has chosen to focus on contemporary composers, folk tunes and fun. From the crystal clarity of the exquisite chords of Lux Aurumque by modern American composer Eric Whitacre to the quiet meditation of Morten Lauridsen’s Sure on This Shining Night concertgoers experience the magnificence of the season. The Wassail Song by Vaughn Williams and Gaudete, arranged by Brian Kay of the King’s Singers are both based on traditional English folk melodies and connect us to the history of the celebration. Folk tunes also bring us two other songs on the program, one from Africa, Jabula Jesu, and one from the Ukraine, Sleigh Bells. Both will remind the audience just how much fun Christmas and the winter season can be. The kids will surely enjoy these two. The highlight of the concert brings all these themes together in one piece. The words of a traditional carol get mashed up with a whole host of famous tunes that walk us through the history of music in A Musicological Journey through the Twelve Days of Christmas. When the orchestral accompaniment gets added to this piece at the Newport performance, it should be a true show stopper.
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