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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Soloists and Orchestra Highlight Sheepscot Christmas ConcertContact: Linda Blanchard
Sheepscot Valley Chorus performs their Christmas concert Saturday, December 7, 3:30 p.m., at Boothbay Harbor Congregational Church. Featured on the program is the lovely Christmas Oratorio of Camille Saint-Saëns, sung in English with a professional orchestra of strings, harp and organ. Soprano Nina Tilander and baritone John David Adams, soloists in last season’s Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, are joined by mezzo-soprano Andrea Graichen, tenor Timothy Neill Johnson, and alto Jamie Knobloch for this special performance.
French composer and organist Camille Saint-Saëns is best known for The Carnival of the Animals, Danse macabre, and his opera, Samson and Delilah. A child prodigy like Mozart, Saint-Saëns wrote the Christmas Oratorio at 23 years of age in 1858, completing it just ten days before its Christmas debut in Paris. The work’s intimate, lyrical setting of the Christmas story has made it an audience favorite.
Soloists and orchestra also will join the Chorus for traditional carols and beloved Christmas works such as O Holy Night, Patapan, Stille Nacht (Silent Night), Holst’s Christmas Day, and I’ll Be Home for Christmas. Sheepscot Chorus is lead by director Linda Blanchard and accompanist Sean Fleming, both of Damariscotta.
Advance tickets may be purchased at Maine Coast Book Shop, Sherman’s Books, and Treats. Tickets are $15 at the door, $12 in advance, and free to students. For more information, please visit our website at sheepscotvalleychorus.org.
December 7, 2013 @ 3:30 pm