Hinsdale Chorale Announces Annual Holiday Concert
“The GLORY of British Choral Music”
November 26 & 27, 2022
Hinsdale, Ill. – October 10, 2022 – Hinsdale Chorale announced today that its annual holiday concert, “The GLORY of British Choral Music,” will be held Saturday, November 26, at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, November 27, at 3:00 p.m., at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 203 S. Kensington in LaGrange. Under the direction of Artistic Director Dr. Mary Hopper, and accompanied by Kathy Christian, the performance will feature the holiday favorite, “Gloria” by esteemed British choral composer John Rutter, along with a wide array of other selections from British choral literature.
“This concert offers a glimpse into the very special contributions British composers have made to choral repertoire over the centuries,” said Dr. Hopper. “From the earliest folk music traditions to the great Renaissance madrigals and motets, to the likes of Purcell and Handel and more contemporary composers, Britain has enriched choral music the world over, and we’re excited to celebrate that with this performance.”
The first half of the program will feature Rutter’s “Gloria,” sung in Latin and complete with resounding brass, organ and timpani accompaniment. This seminal work was originally commissioned for a choir in Omaha, Nebraska in 1974, and since has become a renowned choral work performed frequently throughout the world.
The second half of the program is an intriguing combination of traditional carols with innovative twists, along with other compelling works. The haunting “Illumina” by Patrick Hawes opens the second half of the concert, followed by two works by Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (one of the most prominent British composers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries): “Beati Quorum Via” and “Quick we have but a second.”
The program also features two pieces by the widely admired Bob Chilcott: the joyful “As the Bells Ring” and an inventive version of “Jingle Bells.” The award-winning Cecilia McDowall’s work, “Joy and Woe are Woven Fine” (set to a William Blake poem), Will Todd’s “We Three Kings”, and Paul Ayres’ contemporary setting of “Once in Royal David’s City” add to the lineup. Finally, Ayres’ “A Christmas Round” finishes out the evening.
Tickets for “The GLORY of British Choral Music” are $20 for adults / $15 for students and seniors. For more information, visit www.hinsdalechorale.org or call 312-510-1823.
About Hinsdale Chorale
Hinsdale Chorale is a non-profit, educational organization comprised of dedicated professional and amateur singers led by a professional director. Its mission is to enrich the musical culture of Hinsdale, IL and its surrounding neighborhoods by promoting the appreciation of choral singing in our community. The group performs formally twice each year as well as several special appearances, including the Hinsdale Christmas Walk and the annual holiday open house at the Hinsdale History Museum. The Chorale is comprised of 32 voices representing 18 different communities including Chicago and the suburbs. For more information, visit www.hinsdalechorale.org. Hinsdale Chorale acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
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Hinsdale Chorale is a non-profit and educational organization comprised of dedicated professional and amateur singers led by a professional director. The group performs formally twice each year as well as several special appearances for the Hinsdale community. The Holiday show has traditionally been the most extensive performance, often highlighted by orchestral accompaniment of solo and choral selections and often including an audience sing-along. The second formal show takes place in the spring and has provided the opportunity for us to extend the range of music selections. The group also often supports the Memorial Day services at Memorial Hall with patriotic selections and participates in Hinsdale’s annual Christmas Walk featuring holiday favorites.
Thanks to all who came out for our 2022 Holiday Program!!
The GLORY of British Choral Music
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Thanks to all who attended our 2019 holiday program!
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