Camerata d'Amici Performs Sing We Christmas on December 9
Choral group Camerata d’Amici is proud to present its Christmas concert “Sing We Christmas” on Sunday, December 9, 2018, at 4 p.m. at South Salem Presbyterian Church, 111 Spring Street, South Salem, NY. Conducted by Kristin Sponheim, the concert will feature a diverse repertoire of music including well-known Christmas carols and spirituals, a selection from Handel’s Messiah, and a range of contemporary compositions.
The program will open with a series of reflective pieces, including Georgy Sviridov’s “A Wondrous Birth,” inspired by Russian chant, David Childs’ “Deepest Heart,” a modern setting of the Magnificat for women’s voices, and “The Shepherd’s Carol,” a lush arrangement of the shepherds’ story for a cappellavoices by Bob Chilcott. Reflection gives way to joyous celebration as the program continues with “For Unto Us a Child is Born” from Handel’s Messiahand “Brightest and Best,” a vibrant setting of a shape note tune, for men’s voices, violin and piano.
The second half of the program highlights a variety of carols, such as “I Wonder as I Wander” (nineteenth-century Appalachian), “The Wexford Carol,” (medieval Irish), and “Go, Tell It on the Mountain,” (American spiritual). The audience will be invited to join in singing a pair of favorite carols, and the program will end with “This Christmastide,” a gentle invitation to remember the enduring nature of hope this Christmas season.
Founded in 2006, Camerata d’Amici is an auditioned choir made up of singers from 12 towns in Fairfield and Westchester counties. “Sing We Christmas” will feature performances by the full choir and a select chamber ensemble, men’s and women’s pieces, and vocal solos by Thomas Carr, Maura Donnelly O’Halloran, Michael Forbes, and Juliet Pratt. The choir will be accompanied by instrumentalists Artemis Simerson (violin) Amy Hersh (flute), 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 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 7. Follow Camerata d’Amici on Facebook and Instagram, and listen to past performances on YouTube.