The St. Charles Singers’ “Candlelight Carols” concerts have been an annual tradition since the choir’s founding in 1984. This 2017 edition of the Christmas program will offer “fresh and engaging new arrangements of favorite carols,” says founder and music director Jeff Hunt. Despite the holiday concert’s longstanding title, this will be the first edition that consists solely of carols, rather than a mix of carols, motets, and anthems.
Hunt has selected a half-dozen arrangements from a newly published collection titled “Christmas Carols of the World.” Among them are Niels Gade’s “Barn Jesus i en krybbe la,” Jakub Zicha’s “Byla cesta,” Mark Sirett’s “Huron Carol,” Hans Schanderl’s “Kiris Bara Bari,” Jehan Alain’s “Noël nouvelet,” and John Rutter’s “The holly and the ivy.”
Also on the Christmas program: “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Ola Gjeilo; “My Lord Has Come” by Will Todd; “A Hymn to the Virgin” by Benjamin Britten, “Tuoro, louro, louro” by Robert Shaw and Alice Parker; “I Saw Three Ships” by Simon Preston; “Deck the Hall” by Hugo Cole, “Good King Wenseslas” by Paul Halley, and “Silent Night” by David Willcocks.
Candle Light Carols performances often sell out. Purchase tickets early!
Friday, 12-01-17, 7:30 pm, Baker Church, St. Charles, IL
Saturday, 12-02-17, 7:30 pm, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL
Sunday, 12-03-17, 3:00 pm, Baker Church, St. Charles, IL