Time is running short to purchase tickets for the annual Chamber Singers Christmas concerts in Armstrong Browning Library. The two concerts will be presented on Monday, December 4, and Tuesday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. each night.
These programs are among the most eagerly awaited events at Baylor University, with twenty-one of the School of Music’s finest vocalists bringing the Christmas spirit alive in the visually and aurally resplendent McLean Foyer of Meditation. People say that their Christmas season is not complete without hearing the Chamber Singers in Armstrong Browning Library!
The Chamber Singers are conducted by Dr. Brian A. Schmidt, Baylor’s Associate Director of Choral Music. The graduate assistant conductor is Benjamin Cramer, and the accompanist is Jillian Gardner.
Opening the programs will be “O Do Not Move” by John Tavener, a setting by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw of the fifteenth-century French tune “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” and John Ferguson’s arrangement of a sixteenth-century Genevan Psalm tune called “Comfort, Comfort, Now My People.”
The Chamber Singers will perform “There Is No Rose of Such Virtue” by the group’s founder and former director, Robert H. Young, and “Christ, the Appletree” by Elizabeth Poston.
Those will be followed by David Willcocks’s setting of the Basque carol “Gabriel’s Message,” Jaako Mäntyjärvi’s “Ave Maria,” and “Hymne à la Vierge” by Pierre Villette.
Also to be heard are “Hodie” by Healy Willan, Harold Darke’s “In the Bleak Midwinter,” and the Parker/Shaw arrangement of “Away in a Manger.”
The programs will close with “The Blessed Son of God” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Andrew Dittman’s arrangement of “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” and group member Benjamin Cramer’s setting of the Ukrainian carol “Shchedryk” (“The Little Swallow”).
General admission tickets for the Chamber Singers Christmas concerts are $15. They are available in the lobby of Baylor University’s Glennis McCrary Music Building, now through Friday during regular business hours. For information, the telephone number is 254-710-3571.