Susquehanna Valley Chorale ushers in Christmas season with candlelight performance featuring brass, organ and harp, plus special youth ensemble
The Susquehanna Valley Chorale (SVC) will usher in the holiday season with Candlelight Christmas on Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 10 at 3 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Market Street, in downtown Sunbury.
The performance will include glorious voices singing songs of the season accompanied by brass, organ and harp and will feature the traditional ringing-in of Christmas, with very special guest, the Susquehanna Valley Youth Chorale.
Patrons are encouraged to arrive early as historically the performances sell out.
The SVC will be joined by the Zion Lutheran Church Handbell Choir, Commonwealth Brass and Percussion, harpist Elizabeth Asmus and organist David Cover.
Conductor and Music Director William Payn says, “The traditional Candlelight Christmas presented by the SVC has become a ‘not to miss’ event in the valley. The SVYC, Zion Lutheran Church handbell ringers, instrumentalists and Commonwealth Brass and Percussion will join the SVC to ‘ring-in’ the season with unique and exciting arrangements of familiar carols and songs. We look forward to seeing you there.”
Patrons will hear ancient Latin texts and medieval melodies in arrangements by composers from earlier centuries, as well as the present.
In particular, the performance will feature contemporary works such as Ola Gjeilo’s Serenity, Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, John Rutter’s Candlelight Carol and Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Contata. The program will also include well-known traditional works like Still, Still, Still, We Three Kings of Orient Are and Once in Royal David’s City, as well as several works that originated as far back as the 1600s: In dulci jubilo, I Saw Three Ships, Polish Lullaby and This Little Babe.
One piece of note to SVC audiences will be Christmas Time composed by Robert S. Cohen who composed Alzheimer Stories, which the Chorale commissioned and premiered in 2009. The work is based on the poem Christmas Eve by Christina Georgina Rossetti. It was composed in 2010 and arranged by the composer for the Susquehanna Valley Chorale and Youth Chorale.
The sponsors for the performance are Dede and Bob Gronlund and Patricia McDowell. Co-sponsors are Coldwell Banker-Penn One Real Estate, Martha and Alan Barrick, Lois and William VandenHeuvel, and Mifflinburg Bank and Trust Company. Underwriters include C. Brian Crane, Jean and Bob Hormell, Kessey Kieselhorst, and Bernadine and Jean-Paul Richard.
Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults and $8 for students. Youth under the age of 12 are free. A Season Subscription costs $70 and consists of four “freestyle” tickets that can be used at any SVC concert in any combination.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.SVCMusic.org, by calling 570-547-0455, or at the door.