Laurentian Singers to Perform Two Holiday Concerts
St. Lawrence University’s Laurentian Singers will perform “A Medieval and Modern English Christmas Concert” at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, at Pickens Hall in Heuvelton and at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, in Gunnison Memorial Chapel. Both concerts are free and open to the public.
Director of Music Ensembles Barry Torres will lead the program, which has been inspired by the tuneful tradition of late medieval England and juxtapose original 15th-century carols with 20th and 21st-century settings of medieval carol texts. The major work featured will be Benjamin Britten’s Christmas classic, “A Ceremony of Carols”, featuring women from the Laurentian Singers. Other works to be sung include Canadian composer Healey Willan’s “The Three Kings” and Philip Stopford’s 2011 setting of the Coventry Carol titled, “Lully, Lulla, Lullay.” John Rutter’s arrangement of “Here We Come A-Wassailing” will bring the formal part of the concert to a lively close. The performance will also feature Barbara Phillips-Farley as the accompanist.
The audience will then be invited to join in the traditional carol-sing of popular and traditional carols, including the famous “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” written by St. Lawrence alumnus J. Kimball Gannon, Class of 1924.
For more information, contact the Department of Music at 315-229-5166 or visit www.stlawu.edu/music.