Saturday, December 6, 2008

Feast of Carols

The Northern Virginia Chorale presented its Christmas concert, A Feast of Carols. The program included several traditional as well as contemporary arrangements of Ave Maria; Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming; This Christmastide; and Mary Had a Baby. The audience also had opportunities to sing O Come, All Ye Faithful; Silent Night; Deck the Hall; and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. The chorale was accompanied by organ as well as brass, percussion, and guitar.

Of particular interest was Gloria by Randol Alan Bass. The chorale performed the selection exceptionally well, and this was fortuitous because The Metropolitan Chorus also will be performing this piece at their Brass & Bells concert on December 20.

From its inception in 1975, The Northern Virginia Chorale has sought to present performances of distinguished choral music from a variety of genres including classical and contemporary. Under the leadership of artistic director Robert S Webb, Jr, the 70-voice chorale has achieved a well-earned reputation for providing the community with high-quality performances. The chorale will be partnering with The Metropolitan Chorus for the Messiah Sing-Along at the Kennedy Center on December 23.

The concert was held on Saturday December 6 at 8 pm at Saint Mark's Lutheran Church in Springfirled, Virginia.

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