The weather outside may be unpredictable, but inside the warmth of the voices of Chorus Austin will welcome the holiday season with the family holiday concert “On a Winter’s Eve.” The three Chorus Austin ensembles will perform choral classics and seasonal favorites together with a traditional audience sing-along beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Dr.
Chorus Austin’s 180-voice Symphonic Chorus, 32-voice Chamber Ensemble and Youth Chorus combine with instrumentalists and audience for the family-friendly concert under the baton of Ryan Heller, Chorus Austin’s artistic director and conductor.
Highlights of the concert include Gerald Finzi’s Magnificat and Dominick Argento’s Gloria. Reprised this year is the concert’s namesake composition, On a Winter’s Eve, written by Karen Thomas and based on the poem “Now Winter Nights Enlarge” by Thomas Campion.
The work was commissioned last season to honor Chorus Austin’s 50th anniversary.
Other works on the program include Bob Chilcott’s For Him All Stars Have Shone, Alf Houkom’s Sweet Was The Song and Gustaf Nordquist’s Wonderful Peace. The Youth Chorus, under the direction of Diana Hopkins, will sing D’où viens-tu, bergère? arranged by Howard Cable, Star Carol by John Rutter, Bob Chilcott’s Mid-winter and The Sleigh by Richard Kountz.
Favorite carols such as Oh Come, All Ye Faithful, The First Noel, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing and Away in a Manger round out the evening.