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 9, and Tuesday, December 10, at 7:30 p.m. each night. These programs are among the most eagerly awaited events at Baylor University, with twenty-five of the School of Music’s finest vocalists performing in the visually and aurally resplendent McLean Foyer of Meditation.
The Chamber Singers are conducted by Dr. Brian A. Schmidt, Baylor’s Associate Director of Choral Music. The graduate assistant conductor is Jenna Hernández, and the guest artists are violinist Helena Bandy and pianists Kathy Johnson and John Elam.
Opening the programs will be an anonymous sixteenth-century hymn to the Virgin Mary, “Hanacpachap cussicuinin,” followed by “Ubi caritas” from French composer Maurice Duruflé’s Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens, Op. 10.
Next will come two pieces from French composer Francis Poulenc’s Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël: “O magnum mysterium” and “Hodie Christus natus est.”
Also to be heard are Bob Chilcott’s setting of the traditional Polish “Lulajze Jezuniu” (Lullaby Jesus), “Otche nash” (a setting of The Lord’s Prayer) by Russian composer Nikolay Kedrov, Sr., “Bogoroditse Devo” from Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, Op. 37, “Mother of God, Here I Stand” by English composer John Tavener, and an arrangement by Knut Anders Vestad of the traditional Swedish “Den signade dag” (This Blessed Day).
Three pieces by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams will be performed by the Chamber Singers: “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” “This Is the Truth, Sent from Above,” and “The Blessed Son of God.”
Closing the concerts will be “Lullay, lulla” by English composer Philip Stopford and an arrangement by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw of the English Christmas carol “I Saw Three Ships.”
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.