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Camerata d’Amici Performs Christmas Concert on December 8 at South Salem Presbyterian Church

Choral group Camerata d’Amici is proud to present its Christmas concert “O Come, Emmanuel” on Sunday, December 8, 2019, 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 reflective setting by Elaine Hagenberg’s of “O Come, Emmanuel” with piano and oboe accompaniment.  Reflection gives way to joyous celebration as the program continues with “And the Glory of the Lord” from Handel’s Messiah and “See Dat Babe,” a vibrant spiritual, arranged by Stacey Gibbs for a cappella choir.  

The second half of the program highlights a variety of carols, such as “The Huron Carol” (Native American), “O Come, Little Children” (German) and “Carol of the Bells” (Russian).   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. “O Come, Emmanuel” will feature performances by the full choir and a select chamber ensemble, men’s and women’s pieces, and vocal solos by Thomas Carr (Danbury), Michael Forbes (Ridgefield), Maura Donnelly O’Halloran (Wilton), Juliet Pratt (Ridgefield), and Dan Wellers (Danbury).  The choir will be accompanied by instrumentalists Oliver Homann (oboe) 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 6.  Follow Camerata d’Amici on Facebook and Instagram, and listen to past performances on YouTube.

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