Chamber Singers present ‘Season of Light’
The Chamber Singers of Southeast Iowa presents its winter concerts, “Season of Light,” on two nights and in two venues for a full weekend awakening of the season. The first concert will be at 8 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, and the second will be at 8 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary Catholic Church.
“Season of Light” depicts timeless holiday traditions in contemporary choral settings, with songs from the 1400s to the 1600s juxtaposed with songs composed from 1999 to 2009. From the ancient French countryside and northern European seas, through Europe, Asia and the Americas, unity is found in the themes of the global celebrations of light. The songs transport listeners through a historical corridor of light, where ancient times comingle with the present day in the seasonal desires for peace, hope, freedom and joy.
With flute and drum, rumba and fun, dreidels spinning, rhythms beating, serene Aves, Alleluias and Saare Jahan, the seasonal path is lit from deep and sweet spirituality to bright and lively exaltation. Famed composers Dufay, Parsons, Campion and Gonzales take their place alongside prominent contemporary masters Walker, Chilcott, Applebaum and Scriven. The instrumental music of Schubert and Bach, performed by Karen Aoki on flute and Lise Marcell on piano, also will brighten the spirit.
The Chamber Singers, now in their 21st year of performances in Fairfield, are a 20-voice a cappella choir singing everything from Renaissance to contemporary masterworks, pop arrangements, world music and vocal jazz.
A free-will offering collected at the door will be appreciated.