Christmas Choral Concert

Blue Ridge Singers, an acclaimed chamber choir celebrating its 11th season, presents “Canticum Novum: Sing a New Song” under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey M. Alban. In this concert series, the choir will explore a new harmonic language through the music of Gerald Near.

Prominent in this music is the juxtaposition of melodies of Latin Gregorian Chant and polyphonic choral settings of more common Christmas carols. The choir is accompanied by the organ with a good deal of intense, but controlled dissonance. Because of the nonmetric nature of Gregorian chant, the music is rhythmically challenging as well. The choir will contrast this style with a variety of works featuring Renaissance polyphony, a 19th century chorale and fugue by Johannes Brahms, and contemporary settings of carols, old and new. This will be an eclectic, enjoyable program, with something for all.

Concerts are free; a free will offering will be taken.