First Congregational Church of Hanover (FCCH) presents the New England Ringers community handbell ensemble in a performance of “Christmas Past and Presents,” on Sunday, December 4, 3 pm, at the church’s sanctuary at 547 Hanover Street, Hanover. A complimentary fellowship reception immediately follows, offering coffee, cider and sweets. Admission is free, donations supporting New England Ringers are gratefully accepted. FCCH is fully accessible, with parking available in adjacent parking lots.
In a highlight of the holiday season, New England Ringers, a premier community handbell ensemble, performs a program of holiday-themed music. This 14-ringer choir performs on six octaves of English handbells, six and one-half octaves of Choirchimes, as well as additional assorted instruments. The performing artists helm from Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire for biweekly rehearsals in Oxford.
For nearly 35 years, New England Ringers has presented concerts throughout New England and the northeast, yielding several recordings, and has participated in numerous handbell festivals, workshops, seminars, and other events. Other concerts this season include performances in Sandwich, Attleboro, and Oxford, as well as Warwick, RI.
To learn about First Congregational Church of Hanover, visit fcchanover.org, or follow First Congregational Church of Hanover on Facebook or Instagram. For more information about the New England Ringers, visit newenglandringers.org.
About First Congregational Church of Hanover
Founded in 1728, First Congregational Church of Hanover (FCCH) was established about the same time that the town of Hanover was incorporated. A United Church of Christ (UCC) parish, First Congregational Church of Hanover has long been a leader in equality. FCCH is committed to serve as a community of inclusive love that has no walls or barriers, where all who enter are loved, respected, and accepted for who they are, reaching beyond social class, gender, race, and sexual orientation, welcoming all. It is a community of growth and transformation, reaching beyond the status quo as a community filled with the love and compassion of Christ, invoking our faith into action and prayer daily.
First Congregational Church of Hanover’s sanctuary is located at 547 Hanover Street, Hanover. FCCH offices are located at Riley Hall, 17 Silver Street, Hanover. For more information, call 781-826-4762, visit fcchanover.org or follow First Congregational Church of Hanover on Facebook or Instagram.
Choral Art Society of the South Shore (CAS), the region’s community choral ensemble, presents “’Tis the Season: Music of Comfort and Joy!”, on Sunday, December 4, 4 pm at House of Prayer Lutheran Church, 916 Main Street, Hingham. The chorus is conducted by Artistic Director Danica A. Buckley, accompanied by CAS accompanist Ellyses Kuan, piano, featuring Julie Reimann, cello and Cheryl Przytula, trumpet.
“This is the musical version of a cozy winter afternoon with a cup of hot chocolate,” shares Danica A. Buckley, the chorus’s longtime artistic director and conductor.
“’Tis the Season: Music of Comfort and Joy!” offers a winter-themed choral concert program of energetic and seasonal music, featuring Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” Handel’s “Messiah,” and CAS’s popular singalong of familiar carols and songs.
Make your conducting dreams come true! CAS hosts an online auction welcoming bids to conduct the chorus and audience in its performance of “Hallelujah” from Handel’s “Messiah” during the concert. Visit the homepage on choralartsociety.org to bid. This always popular “pop-up” moment in the concert allows audience members to join the chorus on stage to sing along if they wish; scores are available to borrow on site.
Tickets for “’Tis the Season: Music of Comfort and Joy!” are $22 for adults; youth ages 18 and under are admitted for free. Tickets can be purchased from CAS members, at the door, or advance online at choralartsociety.org. For more information about Choral Art Society, visit choralartsociety.org, or follow Choral Art Society of the South Shore on Facebook.
About Choral Art Society
Choral Art Society (CAS) is a South Shore choral ensemble, founded in 1958, dedicated to the performance of all genres of choral music, from Renaissance to 21st century. A non-auditioned chorus, the Society performs challenging music for the enrichment and education of its members and audiences. A non-profit organization, CAS features 40 singing members from Scituate and surrounding towns. The ensemble rehearses and performs in Scituate, offering one winter and one spring concert each year. For more information, visit choralartsociety.org, or follow Choral Art Society of the South Shore on Facebook.
This performance is supported in part by grants from several regional Massachusetts Cultural Council chapters, the Scituate Education Foundation, South Shore Music Circus, as well as sponsorship by Coastal Heritage Bank.
About Danica Buckley, Artistic Director
Danica A. Buckley has been artistic director and conductor of the Choral Art Society of the South Shore since 2005. Under her leadership, the chorus performed a sold-out performance of Mendelssohn’s St. Paul in 2009, for the 200th birthday of Mendelssohn and the 50th anniversary of the Choral Art Society. Other performances have included a variety of programming from English part-songs to Viennese choral chamber music, to songs about the environment, and major works such as Mozart’s Requiem, Christ Lag in Todesbanden (Bach), Magnificat (Bach), Mass in Time of War (Haydn) , Dona Nobis Pacem (Vaughan Williams), all with the Choral Art Society Orchestra. She also directs the Simmons University Chamber Choir, Cape Cod Chorale, and served as guest conductor of the Colleges of the Fenway Chorus and Orchestra. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Ms. Buckley holds the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Boston Conservatory, where she studied with Dr. William Cutter.
Pilgrim Festival Chorus (PFC), the region’s principal community chorus, presents its eleventh annual “Celebrate! – Messiah and Carol Sing-along” on Friday, December 16, at 7:30 pm, at First Congregational Church, 6 Plympton Street, Middleborough.
William B. Richter, a PFC artistic director, leads the audience in carols and the familiar choruses from the Christmas portion (Part I) of Handel’s masterpiece “The Messiah”, concluding with the “Hallelujah Chorus”. Elizabeth Chapman Reilly, also a PFC artistic director as well as the First Congregational Church’s organist, accompanies the Sing on the church’s 1887 S. S. Hamill pipe organ, together with guest instrumentalists. Soloists are drawn from talented PFC singers.
In “Messiah Sings,” popular throughout the area for many years, the audience can either sing or listen. For some, there’s no better way to start off the Christmas season.
Tickets to “Celebrate! – Messiah and Carol Sing-along” are $10 for adults and youth ages 12 and up. For children under the age of 12, there is no charge. Advance tickets may be purchased online at pilgrimfestivalchorus.org/tickets or bought at the door. Scores are available to borrow on site, or attendees are welcome to bring their own. Funds raised from this performance support PFC’s annual operating expenses.
For more information about PFC, please visit pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, or follow Pilgrim Festival Chorus on Facebook and Instagram.
About Pilgrim Festival Chorus
Pilgrim Festival Chorus is a volunteer, not-for-profit choral ensemble dedicated to presenting diverse choral works that educate, enrich, and engage both its members and its audiences. PFC is funded in part by grants from a number of the region’s Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. PFC performances are produced in part by cooperation with See Plymouth and Plymouth County Commissioners. For more information about PFC, please visit pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, or follow Pilgrim Festival Chorus on Facebook and Instagram.
Concord Women’s Chorus (CWC), fostering the power of women’s voices in song, presents the holiday season concert “Songs of Peace and Promise,” on Saturday, December 17, 4 pm, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord. The performance is conducted by CWC Artistic Director Jane Ring Frank, with accompaniment by Alexander Lane, piano, and Beth Welty, violin.
“Songs of Peace and Promise,” offers a celebration of the wintry season of light in song through familiar holiday tunes, poignant Chanukah pieces and a mash-up of mass movements. The program features creative arrangements of “Coventry Carol”, “I Saw Three Ships,” and other beloved works from composers including Gabriel Fauré, Nicola Porpora, Cécile Chaminade, Z. Randall Stroope, and Bob Chilcott. A carol sing welcomes the audience to raise their voices, joining in on seasonal favorites including “Silver Bells,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and “The First Noel.”
Tickets to “Songs of Peace and Promise” are $25 adults, $20 seniors and students, $5 children ages 12 and under, available at concordwomenschorus.org and at the door. Masks are required for all attendees. Trinity Episcopal Church is fully accessible. For more information, performance details or to join Concord Women’s Chorus, email Chorus Manager Patsy Eickelberg at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit concordwomenschorus.org, or follow Concord Women’s Chorus on Facebook and Instagram.
About Concord Women’s Chorus
Concord Women’s Chorus (CWC), based in Concord, Massachusetts, is a 45-singer ensemble fostering the power in women’s voices through song. Singers hail from Concord and the greater Boston area. Artistic Director Jane Ring Frank conducts the chorus performing a wide variety of choral music, ranging from early music to contemporary repertoire, with an emphasis on works written for women’s voices.
CWC’s commitment to the mastery and performance of a dynamic repertoire for women transforms the act of choral singing into an instrument for collaboration, education, and connection. The ensemble features confident singers who care deeply about creating, through women’s voices, a source of strength and inspiration for themselves, the audience, and the world around us.
The chorus began in 1960 as the Concord Madrigals, a small group of women who expressed, through song, the strength of female community. Over the years the group has increased in size and capacity and greatly expanded its repertoire. In 2005, the Concord Madrigals became Concord Women’s Chorus, a name that reflects not only the evolution of the chorus but the abiding power of women’s voices.
In addition to concerts, CWC often engages in other performances and projects. The ensemble has performed during several concert tours in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. For more information or to join CWC, email Chorus Manager Patsy Eickelberg at email@example.com, visit concordwomenschorus.org, or follow Concord Women’s Chorus on Facebook and Instagram.
Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra (CCCO), the Cape’s professional collaborative orchestra, presents its winter concert “Summer Holiday,” on Sunday, December 18, 3 pm, at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 533 Rte. 28, Harwich Port. The orchestra is conducted by founding Music Director Matthew Scinto.
CCCO’s holiday concerts provide welcome seasonal entertainment for all to enjoy. “It has been my vision to use our chamber orchestra as a vehicle to raise awareness and funding for the many amazing organizations here on the Cape, which is why we are excited to be benefiting WE CAN,” says Scinto. This benefit for WE CAN (Women’s Empowerment through Cape Area Networking) celebrates the organization’s 20 plus years of serving women on Cape Cod. WE CAN was founded in 2001 to empower Cape Cod women by providing unique services that inspire hope and bring increased stability, self-sufficiency, and opportunity to their lives.
For Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, summer has come early. The “Summer Holiday” concert program delivers mid-winter warmth featuring soprano Kelley Hollis in Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville, Summer of 1915”. Barber paints an idyllic, nostalgic picture of Knoxville, Tennessee based on text by James Agee. The work is a simple, dreamlike depiction of an evening in the American South, narrated by a child. CCCO also performs the “Andante” movement from Florence Price’s String Quartet No. 1, concluding with Charles Ives’ trip to camp with his Pulitzer Prize winning Third Symphony “The Camp Meeting”.
Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra prides itself on exceptional programming and its collaborative performances, a highlight of every season. Committed to artistic integrity and excellence, CCCO’s mission is to connect the diverse arts communities and individuals of Cape Cod inclusively. By collaborating with other disciplines of art and culture, the Orchestra aims to create unique concert experiences while providing exciting, enriching, and memorable orchestral music. Spotlighting living composers is at the forefront of the orchestra’s mission; bringing audiences closer to the music of modern time, positioned as an essential and educational element to each performance program. Other repertoire emphasizes the championing of works of living composers, as well as the music of the classical canon.
Tickets to “Summer Holiday” are $35 general admission, children and students attend for free. Tickets to all Season Four performancesare available at capecodchamberorchestra.org, by calling 508-432-1668, or at each venue door by cash or credit card.
IVES: Symphony No. 3 “The Camp Meeting”
BARBER: Knoxville, Summer of 1915
PRICE: Andante Moderato