Hagerstown Choral Arts presents its annual concert

December 10, 2009|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

Hagerstown Choral Arts' artistic director Greg Shook wanted this year's Christmas concert program to be comprehensive.

So this year's concert won't be just about Christmas, Shook said.

"I wanted to get variety," Shook said. "I wanted to cover all three seasons."

Christian seasons, that is. The concert, Shook said, will carry the audience through all the seasons associated with the Christian holiday: Advent, the period of preparation for the coming of Christ; Christmas, the birth of Christ; and Epiphany, the revelation of Christ's birth to the rest of the world.

The free Christmas concert will be Saturday, Dec. 12, at Trinity Lutheran Church, near Hagerstown's historic district. The Hub City Brass, and the seventh- and eighth-grade choruses and the women's ensemble from Northern Middle School will join the 65-member chorale.

"It's nice to feature our various groups in the county who might not get to perform outside their own school venues," Shook said.


The program includes traditional selections - "O Come, All Ye Faithful" opens the show - plus some twists, such as a lilting, danceable version of "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" and an Afrocentric piece called "African Noel."

Shook said the chorale will perform a mens-only arrangement of "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming," a piece based on a German text.

Shook also included one of his favorites, "Ave, Ave, the Angel Sang," written by his friend, Harrisburg, Pa., composer Robert C. Lau.

"It talks about something magnificent coming from the least likely of places," Shook said. "After all, baby Jesus was born in a feeding trough. It's inspirational."

If you go ...

WHAT: Christmas with Choral Arts, presented by Hagerstown Choral Arts; with performances by Hub City Brass and Northern Middle School's Women's Ensemble and seventh- and eighth-grade choruses.

WHEN: 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12

WHERE: Trinity Lutheran Church, 15 Randolph Avenue, Hagerstown

COST: Free admission, though a free-will offering will be taken

MORE: Call Trinity Lutheran Church, 301-733-2878, ext. 206

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