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Choral music is not one of life’s frills. It’s something that goes to the very heart of our humanity, our sense of community, and our souls. You express, when you sing, your soul in song. And when you get together with a group of other singers, it becomes more than the sum of the parts. All of those people are pouring out their hearts and souls in perfect harmony, which is kind of an emblem for what we need in this world, when so much of the world is at odds with itself…that just to express, in symbolic terms, what it’s like when human beings are in harmony. That’s a lesson for our times and for all time.
Hinsdale, Ill. – Oct. 12, 2015 – The Hinsdale Chorale will perform “Mystery of the Season,” the group’s annual winter concert on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, at 3:00 p.m., at First Congregational Church of Western Springs, 1106 Chestnut Street, Western Springs. The concert is presented under the direction of Hinsdale Chorale Music Director Bruce Hall and accompanied by Kathy Christian. The Chorale welcomes several new members this year, bringing the total number of voices to 23, from 14 different communities in Chicago’s western suburbs.
The program is a mixture of traditional and classical holiday pieces designed to serve as a transition between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The musical anchor for the concert is Charpentier's "Messe de Minuit pour Noël." Composed using the movements of the mass ordinary, the melodies are based on French folk tunes. The mass features a number of soloists taken from the chorale as well as a small instrumental ensemble.
The concert program includes some holiday favorites such as Thompson's "Alleluia," Lauridsen's "O magnum mysterium," and Holst's "Christmas Day." Other repertoire includes Houkem's "The Rune of Hospitality" with guitar accompaniment, and the highly entertaining (and hilarious) "A Musicological Journey through the Twelve Days of Christmas." Other works by Mendelssohn, Tallis, Staheli, and Hofheins fill out the program.
“I am thrilled to begin my second season with the wonderful Hinsdale Chorale,” said Hall. “We’re excited to present music that celebrates the gratefulness of Thanksgiving, the relationship with our fellow man, and the expectation and arrival of Christmas.”
Tickets for “Mystery of the Season” are $15 for adults / $10 for students and seniors and will be available at the door. For more information, visit www.hinsdalechorale.org or call 312-510-1823.
This program is partially sponsored by a grant from the llinois Arts Council Agency.