Harvard resident Susan Leeming will be singing with the Concord Women’s Chorus when they perform “A Ceremony of Carols” at 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, at First Parish, 20 Lexington Road, Concord, with a reception to follow the concert.
Rarely does one hear a piece of music described as “haunting, vibrant, gorgeous, lovely and meditative.” Jane Ring Frank, artistic director of the Concord Women’s Chorus used these words to describe Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols,” written for women’s voices and harp.
The carols themselves show a remarkable diversity of styles, from jubilant exultations to pastoral solos to martial urgency. The program also includes John Rutter’s companion piece, “Dancing Day” and Michele Weir’s “Three Jazz Carols.”
Professional soloists for the program are Adriana Repetto, soprano, Thea Lobo, mezzo-soprano, Judy Saiki, harp. Boston pianist and international recitalist Scott Nicholas will accompany the chorus for the program.
Special guests will be the Concord-Carlisle High School Women’s Chorus, directed by Deborah Smith, director of choirs.
The Concord Women’s Chorus is celebrating its 55th season. The 60-voice auditioned ensemble is dedicated to keeping music written for women’s voices alive on the concert stage and draws from 21 surrounding communities, including Harvard.