Great Choral Singing Since 1949
The 55-member Jamestown Community Chorus (JCC) will present two holiday concerts entitled “Two Englands: Christmas Carols from Old England and New England ” on Saturday, December 12, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 13, at 3:00 p.m. at the Jamestown Recreation Center, 41 Conanicus Ave., Jamestown.
The concert combines Christmas music from England and New England ranging from the 16th century through the 21st century. It begins with the 16th-century “Boar’s Head Carol,” an English piece which traditionally accompanied the presentation of a boar’s head at a Yuletide Feast. Such early English pieces are paired with early New England Christmas music including an African American Shaker tune from 1849, “Pretty Home,” and three works by the renowned 18th-century Bostonian choral composer William Billings. It concludes in the modern era with “Believe” from the 2004 animated film The Polar Express and “Walking in the Air” from the 1982 British animated film, The Snowman.
“This year the chorus is presenting 22 of some of the finest Christmas music written in the English language—music that ranges from traditional English carols to modern pieces written by distinguished English composers such as Benjamin Britten and Gustav Holst as well as by celebrated New England choral composers such as Charles Ives and Randall Thompson, ” said B.J. Whitehouse, JCC music director. “There’s something for everyone in this concert.”
In true JCC fashion the evening will conclude with a Christmas sing-along.
Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors and students and may be reserved by calling 423-1574 or at this website. They also may be purchased in advance from chorus members. After thanksgiving, advance tickets will also be available at The Secret Garden, Baker’s Pharmacy, and Jamestown Hardware.