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The Vermont Choral Union's December 2018 Concerts

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A Choral Quilt - Celebrating over 50 years of choral a cappella music

The Vermont Choral Union welcomes Lisa Jablow as its new music director with two holiday concerts.

Saturday, December 1, 2018, at 7:30 pm - Bliss Room at the St. Albans Museum, St. Albans, VT

Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 7:30 pm - First United Methodist Church, Burlington, VT

The Vermont Choral Union, directed by Lisa Jablow since August 2018, is pleased to present its annual holiday concert program on December 1 and 8, 2018. Founded in 1967, The Vermont Choral Union draws inspiration from many centuries of classical a cappella music. Sharing a passion for artistic achievement, the ensemble explores timeless works of the past, along with today's newest compositions. Through a diverse and varied concert program, the singers strive to delight audiences with programs that portray the rich history of this genre of choral music.

The ensemble of community-based singers will perform a program of inspirational classical holiday pieces spanning the centuries. According to music director Lisa Jablow, “I knew that I wanted to celebrate the centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth. While his choral output is not huge, much of it falls outside the generally a cappella purview of the VCU. The Warm-Up that opens the concert typifies Bernstein’s unique ability to construct highly sophisticated, complex pieces that, at the same time, have something of an easy, breezy feel. The other Bernstein piece, which will bookend the program, is A Choral Quilt, a compilation and arrangement by Jack Gottlieb comprised of tunes from various Bernstein works. With this, we are able to take a tour through Bernstein’s output while leaving space on the program for other composers.” Vermont pianist Julia Blocksma will join the Choral Union for A Choral Quilt, which will conclude the program. Included in the program are familiar sacred texts for the holiday season set by Renaissance, Romantic, turn-of-the-century, and contemporary composers Giovanni Maria Nanino, Luca Marenzio, Johannes Brahms, Guiseppe Verdi, François-Auguste Gevaert, Albert Kranz, Benjamin Britten, and Karl Jenkins. The Choral Union will also present a couple of premieres: the Vermont premiere of Angelus, an unpublished work by the late Charles Martin Loeffler, and the premiere of Adeste Fideles, a traditional 17th-century text arranged by VCU tenor Maarten van Ryckevorsel.

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