Under the direction of Ms. Mary Kannenberg, the Our Lady of Mercy Chancel Choir along with Harpist,
Ms. Rebecca Todero and Organist, Mr. Louis Wendt, will present A Ceremony of Carols this Advent Season on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 4:30 pm. The performance will take place at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church and will feature British composer Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols paired with an audience sing-along of traditional carols of the season.
Britten’s Ceremony of Carols is a choral piece of solo voices, chorus and harp. Written for Christmas, it consists of eleven movements with Middle English texts taken from The English Galaxy of Shorter Poems. Many of the texts are concerned with the mysterious aspects of the Christmas story. They capture the medieval understanding of God, the world and mankind. The texts themselves celebrate an ancient world that is foreign to our modern lives and the music is full of unfamiliar harmonies and strange melodies. The piece is incredibly atmospheric –it really is the sound of winter. What better way to prepare your mind and heart for Christmas? After the choral piece, audience members will be invited to join in singing beloved carols of the season, including O Come All Ye Faithful and Silent Night. These traditional carols come with a twist: each includes a passage in its original written language; sung in German, French, Latin and Italian!
*A suggested donation is $10.00 per family and one non-perishable
food item for the St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Baskets. All proceeds
will benefit the Our Lady of Mercy Music Ministry
For more information, contact:
Ms. Mary Kannenberg, M.M.
Sunday, December 13
Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church