Chorus to perform favorites
The Jamestown Community Chorus' "Our Holiday Favorites," directed by B. J. Whitehouse, will feature choral selections submitted by members of the chorus.
Performances will be on Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. at the Central Baptist Church.
The winter theme is very evident in "Walking in the Air" from "The Snowman," with imagery from the children in the sky "surfing in the air," "swimming in the frozen sky," and "drifting over icy mountains floating by."
Another seasonal song will be "The Sleigh" by Richard Kountz. Its early 20th-century lyrics tell the listeners of "lightly flying o'er the snow, with a hey, hah, hah," etc., along with "all the world a blanket white."
Some of the other songs for this holiday concert will be "Coventry Carol," "A Child is Born in Bethlehem," "The Christmas Song," and "Silent Night." Other treasured pieces on the program are sure to please the concertgoers.
The Christmas season would not be complete without hearing one of the selections from Handel's "Messiah." The "Messiah" is one of Handel's most successful and best-known oratorios, and history says that it was written in a span of 24 days. It was first performed in Dublin, Ireland, in April 1742, with Handel conducting. The chorus will sing "Worthy is the Lamb."
A West Indian spiritual arranged by Robert DeCormier is also on the program. "The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy" differs rhythmically and melodically from those that the public is accustomed to hearing as the West Indian musical tradition comes primarily from Spain and Portugal.
A new innovation for the holiday concert will be the presentation of a very short English Folk Play. The parts of the "mummers" will be undertaken by actors and actresses from the chorus family.
For more information, call 423- 1574, or visit www.jamestownri. com/chorus.