Choral group Camerata d’Amici is proud to present its Christmas concert “This Christmastide” on Sunday, December 10, 2017, at 4 p.m. at the South Salem Presbyterian Church, 111 Spring Street, South Salem, N.Y. Conducted by artistic director Kristin Sponheim, the concert will feature a diverse repertoire of music celebrating Christmas, including works by Handel, Rachmaninoff, and Britten, as well as modern compositions and traditional carols.
The program will open with a series of reflective pieces, including Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Russian plainchant-inspired “Bogoroditse Devo” (Rejoice, O Virgin), Benjamin Britten’s “A Hymn to the Virgin,” and a setting of “Salve Regina” for women’s voices by Josu Elberdin. Reflection gives way to joyous celebration as the program continues with the jubilant “Glory to God” from Handel’s “The Messiah,” and “Ring Out, Wild Bells,” a sparkling interpretation of Tennyson’s poem welcoming the new year.
The theme of celebration also characterizes the second half of the program, which highlights songs and carols from different regions, such as the French carol “Masters in this Hall,” the Italian song “Gesù Bambino,” and “Mary Had a Baby,” a spiritual from St. Helena Island. The audience will be invited to join in singing a pair of favorite carols, and the program will end with “This Christmastide,” a reflective, hopeful ode to the season which has become the choir’s signature conclusion for Christmas concerts.
Founded in 2006, Camerata d’Amici is an auditioned choir made up of singers from Ridgefield and 11 other towns in Fairfield and Westchester counties. “This Christmastide” will feature performances by the full choir and a select chamber ensemble, men’s and women’s pieces, and solos by several singers, including Ridgefield residents Michael Forbes and Juliet Pratt. The choir will be accompanied by instrumentalists Joe Meo (clarinet and soprano saxophone), Matt Bronson (percussion), Rachel Cohen and Margarita Nuller (piano).
Tickets at the door are $25 for adults and $10 for youth 18 and under. Advance tickets, with a reduced ticket price of $20 for adults, may be purchased at www.cameratadamici.org, or by check made payable to Camerata d’Amici at P.O. Box 74, Ridgefield, CT 06877. Online tickets are available through Friday, December 8. Follow Camerata d’Amici on Twitter and Facebook, and listen to past performances on YouTube.
Photo: Paul Seibert