St. Cecilia Chamber Choir will present its first Lessons and Carols Christmas concerts since 2019 on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. at the Bowdoin College Chapel in Brunswick, and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. at Damariscotta Baptist Church at 4 Bristol Road, Damariscotta.
Linda Blanchard is St. Cecilia’s artistic director and conductor, assisted by organist and pianist Sean Fleming. "It's wonderful to share this lovely music with the community again after such a long break, " says Linda Blanchard. "We're looking forward to performing in these two beautiful locations!" Advance tickets are strongly encouraged for these popular concerts.
A beautiful setting of "Ecce virgo concipiet" by the Dutch composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck will be featured. Popular composer Jonathan Dove's arrangement of the Robert Herrick poem "The Star Song" will be sung, as well as Richard Francis' perennially-popular "People, Look East" based on Eleanor Farjeon's Christmas poem. David Willcocks' "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day" will be performed, as well as several of his sing-along arrangements of carols. A favorite piece used for dozens of King's College Lessons and Carols services, Pearsall's "In Dulci Jubilo," will be sung. A professional string quartet will accompany the group on select pieces. As a special treat, John Rutter's setting of "Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella" will be performed. With audience sing-along caroling also, this concert is sure to be a treat for the whole family.
For 28 years St. Cecilia Chamber Choir has been providing challenging musical opportunities and music scholarships for gifted local youth. Since the Choir’s inception, over 26 gifted young students have sung with us, many continuing to study and perform music in college and beyond. Advance tickets are strongly encouraged for this popular event.
Tickets are $20 for adults, free for students. Purchase them online at ceciliachoir.org, and at Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop in Damariscotta and Boothbay Harbor, and Treats in Wiscasset. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit facebook.com/stceciliachamberchoir and ceciliachoir.org, or call 207-380-2768.
Please note that Bowdoin College requires all visitors to the campus to be fully vaccinated or to wear a mask while indoors on campus.