Hinsdale, Ill. – Oct. 3, 2016 – Hinsdale Chorale will perform "Traditional Christmas, A Celebration of Carols," the group’s annual winter concert, on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 27, at 3:00 p.m., at Emmanuel Episcopal Church of LaGrange, 203 S. Kensington in LaGrange. The concert is presented under the direction of Guest Conductor Robert A. Boyd and accompanied by Kathy Christian. Joining the Chorale for portions of the concert will be members of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church choir.
"Hinsdale Chorale is thrilled to have Bob Boyd as our guest conductor this holiday season," said Board President Kristi Freitager. "We knew he would relish directing at Emmanuel, where he has enjoyed countless past performances with Lyons Township High School choirs and Madrigals. And given his phenomenal reputation leading choral and chamber groups in the area for more than 40 years, and his clinician work around the country, we couldn’t be happier having him at the helm for these special performances."
As its name indicates, the concert program is anchored by a lineup of familiar traditional Christmas carols, several of them arranged by Boyd, including his newly arranged "What Songs Were Sung?" Also featured will be selections from Benjamin Britten’s "Ceremony of Carols," John Rutter’s "What Sweeter Music Can We Bring?" and "Shepherd’s Pipe Carol," Harold Darke’s "In the Bleak Midwinter," and the perennial favorite, Handel’s "Hallelujah Chorus." Other classic holiday repertoire, such as Mikhail Leontovich’s "Carol of the Bells," and the Irish air "Ivy and Holly," fill out the program.
"I am delighted to have the opportunity to direct Hinsdale Chorale for this great tribute to time-honored Christmas music," said Boyd. "We’re excited to bring the community together and celebrate the love, kindness and gratitude of Christmas, and to send listeners forth into the season. It reminds us of what’s important in life."
Tickets for "Traditional Christmas" are $18 for adults / $15 for students and seniors. For more information, visit www.hinsdalechorale.org or call 312-510-1823.
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.
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