Blue Ridge Singers ‘Sing a New Song’ With Concerts
December 10, 2019
WINCHESTER – The Blue Ridge Singers will perform their annual Christmas Concert series this week.
The concert series is titled “Canticum Novum: Sing a New Song!” The performances will take place on Dec. 13 at 7:30 pm in the Front Royal Presbyterian Church, and at 4 pm on Dec. 15 at the First Baptist Church in Winchester. Admission is free for each concert, but if you would like to make a donation to the Blue Ridge Singers, you may do so at either venue.
“As always, it will be a typical Blue Ridge Singers concert, with many different styles represented,” Music Director Dr. Jeffrey Alban said. “We will have Gregorian Chant as part of the program, along with Renaissance polyphony from the 1500s. We will have a magnificent German Chorale, and a fugue on that same chorale tuned by Johannes Brahms from the 19th century.”
The list doesn’t stop there. The Singers will include a “smattering” of both 20th and 21st century styles of music. Dr. Alban claimed that all the different styles and languages performed by the BRS show the character and fascinations of each member.
Each Christmas Concert will also include the Singers renditions of Christmas classics like “Silent Night.” Dr. Alban explained that performing music like this during the Holiday season impacts both the Singers and the community around them.
“Our main focus is to make a difference for at least one person in the audience,” Dr. Alban said. “Sometimes the Holidays can be difficult for some people; for most people it’s a joyous time, but we try to have that focus. We are singing to the people to try and lift everyone up.”
The Blue Ridge Singers will hold a reception after each performance. The group makes an effort to get to know audience members, and recognize those who continue to appear at their performances around the Shenandoah Valley.
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