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.

Festival of Lessons and Carols

An annual holiday tradition of Shenandoah Conservatory, Festival of Lessons and Carols features a service of Christmas carols sung by the Conservatory Choir, Shenandoah Chorus and Cantus Singers.

FREE
Phone: (540) 665-4569

 

Holiday Organ Recitals in Historic Churches

The Winchester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is sponsoring its 3rd Holiday Organ Recitals in Historic Winchester Churches.

The program will start at Christ Episcopal Church at 3pm, followed by a recital at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church at 3:45, and will conclude at First Presbyterian Church at 4:30pm.

The visitors will have a procession of caroling and hand bell ringing walking between recital sites. Outstanding local organists and guest soloists will be featured. Refreshments will conclude the program.

The program is free and for the pleasure of the local community and features each church in their beautiful holiday decorations. A free will offering will be taken to benefit WATTS (Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter).

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