The Wisconsin Chamber Choir will present their holiday concert, “Peace on Earth,” Saturday, December 16, 7:30 pm at the First Unitarian Society Atrium Auditorium, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison, WI
The holiday message of peace and good will to all people resonates across the centuries. Tragically, the proclamation, “Peace on earth,” is every bit as relevant today as it was 2000 years ago. The centerpiece of the concert is Gerald Finzi’s exquisite retelling of the Christmas story, In terra pax, for choir, soloist, and chamber orchestra. Baritone Brian Leeper and soprano Ann Baltes are among the featured soloists, performing with members of Sinfonia Sacra, the WCC’s professional orchestra.
Complementing Finzi’s music are two other works with instrumental accompaniment: Mendelssohn’s moving prayer for peace, Verleih uns Frieden, and an energetic Gloria from J.S. Bach’s Mass in A Major. Several more recent works bring the concert’s message put o date, including Libby Larson’s Cry Peace and Giles Swayne’s haunting Winter Solstice Carol. A varied selection of carol arrangements round out the program, including a resplendent setting of Silent Night by one of the WCC’s favorite composers, Peter Bloesch.
Founded in 1998, the Wisconsin Chamber Choir has established a reputation for excellence in the performance of oratorios by Bach, Mozart, and Brahms; a cappella works from various centuries; and world premieres. Artistic Director Robert Gehrenbeck, who is celebrating his ten year anniversary with the WCC this season, has been hailed by critics for his vibrant and emotionally compelling interpretations of a wide variety of choral masterworks. Advanced tickets for the December 16th performances are available for $20 ($10 for students) from www.wisconsinchamberchoir.org, via Brown Paper Tickets, or at Orange Tree Imports and Willy Street Coop (all three locations). Tickets will also be available at the door for $25 ($10 for students).