Each year, the Old North Church Festival Chorus presents two beautiful Holiday Concerts during the annual Christmas Walk, as a gift to the Marblehead community. Enchanting Marblehead and Old North Church offer the perfect backdrop at holiday time for the popular Festival Chorus Concerts – appropriate for the entire family! This season – our 38th – Festival Chorus Concerts take place on Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2 in Old North’s sanctuary. Highlights of the December 2018 Festival Chorus Concerts – for chorus and full orchestra – include: Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria in D major, RV 589; Gerald Finzi’s In Terra Pax; and Navidad Nuestra by Argentine composer Ariel Ramírez. As always, a host of holiday carols – with audience participation – will top off this 38th annual celebration. Featured soloists include, Holly Cameron, soprano; Stephanie Scarcella, mezzo-soprano; Kevin Hayden, tenor; and Jonathan Cole, baritone.
The Old North Festival Orchestra, Soloists, and 100-voice Chorus will be led by Maria van Kalken, Minister of Music at Old North Church. Celebrating her 30th season as Director of the Festival Chorus, Maria has planned an extraordinary holiday program combining cherished works for chorus and orchestra together with Festival Chorus favorites! In addition to a selection of seasonal carols, the public will be treated to a special appearance by the Festival Youth Chorus, directed by Sarah Del Dotto, as well as an appearance by the Old North Bell Choir, directed by Liz Smith.
The Festival Chorus gathers Old North’s Senior Choir, together with enthusiastic singers – amateur to professional – from many neighboring communities and churches in Marblehead. Each season, the Festival Chorus welcomes new voices while maintaining a devoted ensemble from previous years. Encouraged by a love of music and a reputation as the North Shore’s most spirited and talented volunteer choirs, the Festival Chorus has been lauded for its outstanding performances of major choral works each year.
Tickets for Festival Chorus performances are priced at $30 and may be purchased in advance at the following Marblehead business locations: Arnould Gallery, The Spirit of ’76 Bookstore, and Crosby’s Marketplace. You can also buy tickets on line here: Festival Chorus Tickets buy here!
To reserve tickets in advance by telephone, or for additional information, please call (781) 631-4832 or the Old North Church office (781) 631-1244; information is also available on the Old North Festival Chorus website: WWW.OLDNORTHFESTIVALCHORUS.ORG.