Upcoming Concerts

Sunday, December 5, 2021
5:00 PM

Walnut Hills Baptist Church,
Jamestown Road, Williamsburg

Sunday, December 12, 2021
5:00 PM

Abingdon Episcopal Church,
George Washington Highway, White Marsh

We are so excited to be able to join our voices together again and sing for you! We promise that our Christmas concert will lift your spirits and soothe your heart! You will hear beautiful and ethereal music, from early Christian office hymns to traditional carols, and from music written for the annual King’s College Lessons and Carols service to music written for the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.

Our theme this Christmas is Light of the World . We will begin with an unusual poem by Paul Wigman, Light Beyond Shadow. Set to music by Dan Forrest last fall as the pandemic was raging among us, the poem, which identifies Christ as the Light of the World, is particularly poignant for us now, as we all long for light beyond shadow, joy beyond tears, peace when the storm is around. It is a powerful and moving piece. Other poets whose texts will be sung are Isaac Watts and Robert Herrick, set to music by John Rutter and Kim Arnesen. Traditional Latin texts for Christmas will be included, set to music by Morten Lauridsen, Ola Gjeilo, and Thomas Luis de Victoria. Well-known traditional English, Austrian, and Polish carols will round out the program, set to music by John Rutter, Matthew Culloton, Mack Wilberg, and Norman Luboff.

The 14-voice choral group is under the direction of Agnes French. Singers in the ensemble are Ginger Barr, Mei-Li Beane, Rebecca Hartt, and Ellen Peters, Soprano; Judy Alexander, Dorothy Nelson, Keara Parciak, and Mary Stutz, Alto; Bruce Burch and Steven Martinez, Tenor; and Andrew Nelson, Joe Dellinger, Jimmy Mackey, and Jim Noran, Bass. Accompanying this concert will be Rebecca Davy, organ and piano, and a string quartet consisting of Mei-Li Beane and Alyssa Evans, Violin, Brian Evans, Viola, and Sarah Glosson, Cello. Tickets are on sale now for both concerts, and may be ordered for will-call by sending a check made out to Cantori Choral Ensemble, addressed to Cantori at 3341 Derby Lane, Williamsburg, 23185.

Tickets are also available from any member of the ensemble, and will be available at the doors. Ticket prices are $15 in advance and $20 at the door for adults, and $5 in advance, $10 at the door for students. Donations in excess of the ticket prices are most appreciated and assist further in covering our costs.

We also have on sale our Christmas CD, Love Came Down at Christmas. This 2-CD set was recorded live during three of Cantori’s past Christmas concerts, and contains 20 selections, from quiet a cappella carols to exuberant carols accompanied by instrumental ensembles, all celebrating the Festival of Christmas. These will be available at the door at both concerts, and may also be ordered at the above address. The price of the set is $20. We look forward to seeing you in the audience at one of our concerts this Christmas.

Of the many lessons we learned during the past year and a half, none resonates more with us than the importance of live music making. It enriches our lives, nourishes our innermost beings, brings us joy and comfort, and binds us together in ways nothing else can. We in Cantori are very fortunate to be part of a tight-knit choral ensemble, making glorious music together as one voice.

We hope you will be able to come and experience the beauty of the choral arts with us this Christmas.