HUDSON — Celebrating its 30th anniversary season, Hudson Community Choruses, including the adult, youth and children’s choruses, along with orchestra and soloists, will ring in the holiday season with an intergenerational program of festive music, Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Hudson.
The annual holiday concert includes both traditional and contemporary seasonal music. The Hudson Youth Chorus, directed by Eve Sliwinski and accompanied by Amy Tan, will open the program with the Processional from the Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten and perform We Will Sing for Joy, by Domenico Scarlatti; Sing Alleluia, Allelu by Mary Goetz; Walking in the Air from The Snowman by Howard Blake; and a traditional French carol, Sing We Now of Christmas, arranged by Cary Ratcliff.
Performing Randall Thompson’s Velvet Shoes and the Spanish carol, Zumba Zumba, the Hudson Community Children’s Chorus will take the stage. They will join with the Youth Chorus in singing Issay, Issay, a traditional Ethiopian carol, arranged by Phillip Kern.
The adult chorus, orchestra and soloists, directed by Nathaniel Duvuvuei, will be featured in a performance of the Vivaldi Gloria, a multi-movement piece written in Venice in the early 1700s and a masterpiece of the classic choral library. Chorus members Ellen Antes, Jennifer Dessoffy, Loretta Eichenberg and Alyssum Kellogg will be featured soloists. The Gloria is among many choral classics performed during the chorus’ history and is being featured as part of it 30th anniversary celebration.
The adult chorus of more than 50 voices will also perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols with guest soloist Dr. Todd Raney. Dr. Raney, director of music at Grace Presbyterian Church, is associate professor of voice and opera at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and has performed as a soloist throughout the Midwest, including with the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Pops and the symphony orchestras of Akron, Dayton, Lakeside and Wooster.
The Chamber Chorus will sing Noche de Paz, an arrangement written by Venezuelan composer Cesar Alejandro Carrillo, based on the traditional Silent Night by Franz Gruber. All three choruses will join in the finale, Mack Wilberg’s arrangement of I Saw Three Ships. The audience is invited to join the performers following the concert for refreshments and caroling.
Tickets are available online at www.hudsonsings.org. Presale tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students. Tickets at the door are $15 for adults and $6 for students. Last year’s program was a sellout so presale ticket purchases are encouraged.
The Hudson Community Choruses are grateful for the ongoing support of the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation and Hudson Kiwanis and for the support of the Hudson Community Foundation for underwriting the orchestra for this concert. HCC is an independent, non-profit that operates through contributions from the community, area business and foundations, membership dues and ticket sales. The choruses draw members from more than 14 area communities and are open to adults 18 and older and students from third through 12th grade. Winter/Spring season rehearsals begin in January. More information is available about the choruses and ticket purchases at www.hudsonsings.org.