Chamber Singers to present holiday concerts
The Chamber Singers of Southeast Iowa will launch its 23rd year of holiday concerts with “A Rose in Winter,” a joyful blend of traditional Christmas carols in unusual arrangements, seasonal songs of peace and festive flute, piano, guitar and percussion accompaniment.
The concerts will be at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in Fairfield.
A freewill offering will be collected at the door.
This year’s concert program ranges from early Renaissance choral works and carols to present-day pop and vocal jazz arrangements of familiar holiday tunes. Up-and-coming contemporary composers such as Gjeilo, Stopford, Betinis and Hella Johnson take their place beside renowned masters such as Hassler, Holst and Bach. The concert program explores the emotions associated with the holiday season — joyfulness, revelry, reflection, devotion, remembrance and the longing for peace — and in this way, awakens the holiday spirit in all.
Pianist Lise Marcell and flutist Karen Aoki will perform a Bach sonata and also will accompany some of the choral pieces. They will join guitarist Tom Allen and percussionist Michael Fitzgerald for songs featuring Spanish dance rhythms and Indian harmonies.
“We warmly welcome everyone to join us in this musical celebration of the holiday season,” said Elaine Reding, music director of the Chamber Singers. “The beautiful songs we’re singing are rich in cultural and stylistic diversity, but together they weave a musical tapestry that displays the full range of the human spirit. And we hope that by enjoying these beautiful songs with us, you will find the holiday spirit fully awakened in your hearts and minds.”
The Chamber Singers, a 20-voice primarily a cappella group, performs regularly for the Maharishi University of Management and Fairfield community. For more information, call Reding at 472-1539.