Chorale Introduces Family-Friendly Holiday Concert

THE ENTERPRISE – In addition to its two full-length “Carols & Lullabies” concerts on Saturday and Sunday, December 9 and 10, the Falmouth Chorale is planning something new this year: a special family-friendly concert at 1 PM on December 9.

All three concerts will be under the direction of artistic director John Yankee and will take place at First Congregational Church in Falmouth. The church is on the Village Green.

Along with the chorale, the Cape Youth Chorale will be performing. The Youth Chorale, which consists of 22 student performers who range in age from elementary school up to high school, rehearse under Mr. Yankee’s guidance at the Barnstable and Falmouth campuses of the Cape Cod Conservatory. “The Youth Chorale is excited about this show,” said Mr. Yankee, “They like to perform for their peers.”

Mr. Yankee said the concert, which will last approximately an hour, would be appropriate for school-age children and older, although Mr. Yankee envisioned being able to offer childcare for younger children if the concert grows into an annual event.

He stressed that the family concert is still a concert featuring the full chorale; it’s merely a shortened version of the show that they are already performing.

“We don’t want to be something we’re not,” said Mr. Yankee. “The chorale is still the chorale.”

The concert will also, of course, be appropriate for adults who are just looking for a shorter performance that would begin and end in the daylight. “It’s will be a nice opportunity to listen to the concert and then take in the wonderfully decorated Village Green,” Mr. Yankee said.

The concert will have a bell theme and will be very upbeat, Mr. Yankee said, with lots of percussion and even some hand bells. Songs such has “Carol of the Bells,” “Ring, Little Bells,” and “Ding Dong! Merrily on High,” will all be featured. The concert will also include an opportunity for the audience to participate in a sing-along portion of the show.

Another highlight will be a performance of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” which will feature some play acting and a likely appearance by Santa. “The Vesper Hymn” will close the concert.

“I’ll be giving brief explanations and introducing each piece. I think the kids will be entertained,” Mr. Yankee said. “It will be informal. We want to engage the audience.”

While even a shortened show of classical music might seem intimidating for adults who haven’t attended a concert in a while, Mr. Yankee is hoping to break that wall. “There’s something so engaging and powerful about hearing the human voice near you,” he said. “It’s the instrument we can carry anywhere. It’s warmth and energy are palpable.”

Full-length performances of “Carols & Lullabies” will be performed on December 9 at 4 PM and December 10 at 3 PM. The family-friendly abbreviated version will be performed at 1 PM on December 9.

Tickets to Carols & Lullabies are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and $5 for students. Admission to Saturday’s abridged concert is $5 for children and $15 for adults, with a $35 per family maximum for two adults and children. To purchase tickets, visit www.falmouthchorale.org, call 774-392-2383, or follow the chorale on Facebook.

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 By Joanne Briana-Gartner