Lakeshore Chorale to perform Christmas concert

The Lakeshore Chorale and Lakeshore Youth Chorale will be heralding in the Christmas holiday with a concert at St. Peter Claver Church in Sheboygan on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m.

The adult choir, directed by Paul Thompson, will present Part I of Handel’s “Messiah,” and the youth choirs, directed by Heather Hammond and accompanied by Drea Wagner, will open the concert with several seasonal songs.

“Messiah” is one of the most famous of George Frederic Handel’s compositions. As an oratorio, it has all of the drama and beauty of opera, but without costumes and sets, and it employs a biblical text.

The section of the “Messiah” presented by the Lakeshore Chorale will center upon prophetic texts from the Old Testament concerning the Messiah and the birth of Jesus Christ.

The culmination of the choral movements and the solos will be the great “Hallelujah Chorus” and the “Amen” chorus.

“I’m very much looking forward to my first chance to conduct ‘Messiah,’ especially with this ensemble,” said Thompson. “The level of nuance we’ve been able to achieve should make for a wonderful and fresh sounding performance.”

The chorale will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra, managed by Molly Lieberman, and will also feature soloists from the chorale, as well as guest soloists.

Soprano soloists will include Penny Kindraka, Sandy Fyffe and Linda Ruona. Christina Gilliland and Mary Klein will perform the alto solos. John Becker and Bryan Elsesser, both currently living in Milwaukee, will sing the tenor and baritone arias respectively.

The three ensembles making up the Lakeshore Youth Chorale will complete the program with familiar carols, as well as lesser-known choral compositions.

The Lakeshore Youth Chorale Lyric Choir, composed of the youngest singers, will sing “Donkey Carol” by John Rutter, “Ding Dong! Merrily on High!” arranged by Ruth Artman, and “Away in a Manger” arranged by Hal Hopson.

They will be joined by the Jubilate Choir, made up of singers in fifth through eighth grade, to sing “All the Stars Shone Down” with “What Child is This?” by Mary Lynn Lightfoot.

The Jubilate Choir will also present “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” arranged by J. Edmund Hughes, “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day” arranged by John Rutter, “Patapan” arranged by Audrey Snyder and “The Virgin’s Slumber Song” by Reger/Ross.

The most advanced youth choir, the Chamber Choir, will perform “Rise Up, Shepherds in the Night!” by Michael Haydn and arranged by Patrick Liebergen and “I Wonder as I Wander” and “Star Carol,” both by John Rutter.

Allison Mitchler, Maddison McKinch, and Erin Hoffmann are the featured soloists for the Youth Chorale portion.

Additional accompanists will be Kindraka (bells), McKinch, (harp) and Carra-Lyn Conger (flute).

The Lakeshore Youth Chorale will host a reception of cookies and punch in the basement of the church following the concert.

Tickets are available from Lakeshore Chorale members and at www.lakeshorechorale.org. For additional information, call 920-451-1863.


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