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Ceremony of Carols at St. George’s

The Newburgh Symphonic Chorale will present Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols accompanied by harp and Saint Nicolas, a cantata with chamber orchestra featuring tenor Brother Josép Martinez-Cubero on Sunday, December 10, at 4 pm at St. George’s Church, 105 Grand Street, Newburgh. Free Will Offering. Handicapped accessible with parking across the street.

Directed by Peter Sipple, the Chorale will be joined for Saint Nicolas by the SUNY-New Paltz Chamber Singers, directed by Edward Lundergan, and three boy sopranos, members of Jubilate: Hudson Valley Youth Choir. Anna Belliveau will play the harp for the Ceremony of Carols.

“Benjamin Britten’s extraordinarily prolific output of works, particularly in the genres of opera, art song, oratorio, and church music, rank him among the most productive and important composers of Western music. He composed at least twelve works that either feature children among the participants, or were written quite specifically for their enjoyment. Saint Nicolas, a cantata about the life of the patron saint of children, seamen, voyagers, and scholars, and utilizing a text by Eric Crozier (1914–94), is one of those works. Originally composed for the combined forces of several boys’ and girls’ schools, it marvelously captures both the innocence and reverence with which the memories of St. Nicolas’ life and deeds are upheld.” —Jeffrey Thomas, U. C. Davis Department of Music.

The Newburgh Symphonic Chorale, comprised of 30-35 volunteer singers, was created fifteen years ago by the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra. With concerts typically scheduled in the spring and fall, the group sings both a cappella and with piano or instrumental accompaniment. The Chorale also performs regularly with the GNSO whenever the Orchestra presents a choral work.

For more information, contact Peter Sipple at 534-2864.

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