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A Boychoir Christmas

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Concordia University Chapel

4090 Geddes Road

Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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The Boychoir of Ann Arbor, led by new Music Director Dr. John Boonenberg, continues this popular holiday concert series with the 31st annual performances of A Boychoir Christmas. This unique and wonderful local choir of boys ages 8 to 18 will present a treasure of choral music for the Christmas season, with repertoire spanning over centuries and traversing through many different styles.


Following the traditional processional hymn "Once in royal David's city," with soaring boy soprano solo, the program will open with “What Sweeter Music,” John Rutter’s iconic and profound setting of the Robert Herrick poem. Another tradition of A Boychoir Christmas in recent years has been to feature an Alfred Burt Carol—those wonderful yearly compositions that the famed Ann Arbor composer initially sent out to friends and family which have since become beloved classic carols. This tradition continues in a new way, as Abbie Betinis—grandniece of Alfred Burt and one of the new stars of the choral composition world—has revived the tradition of writing a yearly carol since 2001. The Boychoir will perform her 2013 carol, Carol of the Stranger.

Other feature pieces will include a haunting and beautiful arrangement of Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming, with guitar and flute, and Bob Chilcott's delightful modern carol The Sparrows’ Carol. The Young Men’s Ensemble will delight with a virtuosic, raucous new setting of “I Wonder As I Wander” by Kyle S. Haugen.

The audience is always invited to join the Boychoir in singing “Hark! the herald angels sing”and “O come, all ye faithful”, each featuring a soaring descant verse sure to get you in the spirit!


Award-winning organist Dr. Naki Sung Kripfgans will accompany “A Boychoir Christmas.”

The Boychoir of Ann Arbor is directed by Music Director, Dr. John Boonenberg.



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