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Connecticut Master Chorale Stages Holiday Concert In Danbury

Tina Johns Heidrich
Tina Johns Heidrich Photo Credit: Contributed
The Connecticut Master Chorale
The Connecticut Master Chorale Photo Credit: Contributed

DANBURY, Conn. -- The Connecticut Master Chorale, under the direction of Tina Johns Heidrich, presents its annual Holiday Prelude Concert at 3 p.m. Nov. 22 at the First Congregational Church in Danbury.

This annual concert has become a holiday tradition featuring choral music with brass ensemble and steel drums. The drums, which have been popular since they were introduced in 2003, are featured in new calypso work by Heidrich.

“Ring the Bells!” opens the concert, which also includes a new setting of the old favorite Ukrainian "Bell Carol," and a medley of six carols, "Festive Noels."

The program also features “Big Band Christmas," with songs from and in the style of this era in American music: “I Love the Winter Weather,” “Boogie Woogie Santa Claus,” and “Christmas Is the Best Time of the Year.”

Also, the playlist includes music for Hanukkah and Advent, multi-cultural numbers, and several other festive selections to ring in the holiday season. Tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door.

Doors open at 2:15 p.m. and the church, 164 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury, is handicap accessible.

The master chorale is a ensemble of 55 vocalists in its 17th year singing in western Connecticut. They will be accompanied by Connecticut Master Chorale Holiday Brass and Joseph J. Jacovino on piano and organ.

For more details, visit the Connecticut Master Chorale website or call 203-743-0473.

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