Jack Brown, Artistic Director                 Joe Rose, Accompanist



Berkshire Lyric presents “Called by Angels, a Concert of Christmas Music” at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on Park Square in downtown Pittsfield on Saturday December 20 at 7:30. 

The 90 voice Berkshire Lyric Chorus will be joined by the 30 voice Blafield Children’s Chorus in a wide ranging choral program of some of the most beloved music of the season. Now in its 52nd year, Berkshire Lyric most recently performed at Tanglewood’s Seiji Ozawa Hall in the spring, and the chorus is back for this annual holiday concert. The St. Stephen’s concert is an expanded version of Berkshire Lyric’s traditionally sold out Stockbridge Main Street Concert. Through the years, it has developed into a heart warming and nostalgic evening of great Christmas music for the whole family. 

The concert is led by Berkshire Lyric’s Artistic Director Jack Brown and accompanied by Joe Rose. The soloists will be soprano Felicia Durso and baritone John Demler. The chorus will be singing new compositions and arrangements by contemporary composers Alan Smith, Will Todd and John Joubert. The children’s chorus is presenting music by John Rutter, Alfred Burt and Alec Wyton among others. A highlight of the concert will be a medley of “Away in a Manger,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” and “Silent Night,” all arranged by English composer and former member of the King’s Singers, Bob Chilcott. During a lighter portion of the program, the chorus will sing lush choral arrangements of Christmas hits such as “Sleigh Ride”, “The Christmas Song” and “I’ll be Home for Christmas.” There will be a sing-a-long portion of favorite carols and popular selections at the end of the concert. The audience can join their voices to the 120 singers of Berkshire Lyric and the great St. Stephen’s Pipe Organ in the rich acoustics of this historic church. 

The Berkshire Lyric season will continue on December 27 with a Handel “Messiah” Sing also at St. Stephen’s. The new year will see four concerts: Moving to Glory: a Gospel and Spirituals Concert in February, A Feast of Operetta fundraiser in March, A Grand Opera Spectacular in May, and finally Into the Light: Russian Orthodox Sacred Music with the Konevets Quartet of St. Petersburg in June. 

Tickets for the December 20th Christmas concert are $20 for adults with children admitted free. Tickets may be purchased from chorus members or through Berkshire Lyric’s website. 

 

 

Upcoming events

20 Dec 2014 7:30 PM • St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Pittsfield MA
27 Dec 2014 2:00 PM • St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Pittsfield MA

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Is more than just a chorus – it is a community of choral groups for adults, teens and children with the common goal of learning and mastering the art of choral music

Supports a wide range of music education projects in the Berkshires including our annual Young Musicians Scholarship, Berkshire Lyric Choral Scholars and "Adopt a High School" programs

Offers tuition-free musical opportunities to children and teens through our professionally led Blafield Children's Chorus, Berkshire Teen Singers and free children's summer choral camp

Has been a fixture on the musical landscape of the Berkshires since 1963.

                

 

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Berkshire Lyric is a non-profit, federally tax exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council awarded by the following local cultural councils: Hinsdale-Peru, Pittsfield, Northern Berkshire, Windsor, New Marlborough, Stockbridge and Great Barrington. 

  




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