Saturday, December 2, 2017 @ 7:30pm, Vashon Center for the Arts
Sunday, December 3, 2017 @ 3:oopm, Vashon Center for the Arts

Itís time to celebrate Christmas! And this year, you can even chime in for some sing-along carols. Weíll sing a few other favorite carols in arrangements by the great English conductor, Sir David Willcocks. You can also hear a cantata by the Virginia-based composer William Averitt. This work, Away to the Skies, is based on the at times raucous early nineteenth-century American shape-note hymns. A highlight of the concert is a rare performance of A Christmas Cantata by the mid-twentieth-century Swiss composer, Arthur Honegger. He begins with a musical depiction of humankindís despair, written during the Second World War. Angelic voices of children announce Christís birth, joining the full chorus for a joyous jumble of carols sung in turn and even at the same time. Honegger provides a confident declaration of hope and joy amid a world of troubles. A childrenís chorus, full concert organ, and 31-person orchestra join the Vashon Island Chorale on stage for a rousing evening of Christmas joy.


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The Vashon Island Chorale engages, enriches, and unites our island community by providing opportunities for all people to participate in, learn about and
enjoy fine chorale music.

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