Susquehanna Chorale will present its annual Candlelight Christmas concert series, a collection of concerts featuring seasonal choral music, in three locations this month.
The first concert will be at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 at The Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and the Performing Arts at Messiah College. The second will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 at the Church of the Brethren in Elizabethtown, and the third will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17 at the Market Square Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door for adults, and $5 for students.
The first half of the program showcases Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carol”—a choral piece written in 11 movements for a three-part choir, soloists and harp. The work has text from “The English Galaxy of Shorter Poems” and is one of the most loved pieces in the choral repertoire.
The second half of the program will feature new and traditional carols arranged by contemporary composers. The works performed include Alan Bullard’s “Angel Alleluias,” a new setting of the beloved “Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming,” Dan Forrest’s “See, Amid the Winter’s Snow,” “This Christmastide” (“Jessye’s Carol”) and “My Lord Has Come.” The concerts will conclude with Malcolm Sargent’s setting of “Silent Night,” sung by candlelight.
A pre-concert recital by guest artist and harpist Elizabeth Asmus will be presented 15 minutes prior to each performance. Asmus trained as a classical harpist at Julliard School, and is also certified as a therapeutic musician. She currently serves as an adjunct professor of harp at Gettysburg and Elizabethtown colleges and performs as a solo, chamber and ensemble musician with many organizations in the central Pennsylvania region.
The 36-voice Susquehanna Chorale was founded in 1981 by Artistic Director Linda Tedford and has performed at the Washington National Cathedral, for the state House of Representatives at the State Capitol, and at the Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York. The group performs regularly with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, and several of their CDs have received consideration for a Grammy nomination.
Messiah College is located at 1 College Ave., in Upper Allen Township, the Church of the Brethren is located at 777 S. Market St., in Elizabethtown, and Market Square Presbyterian is located at 20 S. Second St., in Harrisburg.
Tickets are available through the chorale’s website, www.susquehannachorale.org, or by calling the Messiah College box office at 717-691-6036. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.