Today’s featured event:
Hear joyful music and eat homemade cookies at Canterbury Voices’ traditional Canterbury Christmas concert at 7 tonight at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker.
As previously reported, the concert will feature Canterbury’s adult choir of more than 120 community singers, 50 students from one of Canterbury’s youth choirs, and brass and percussion instrumentalists from Oklahoma City University’s Faculty Brass Quintet.
Canterbury Voices Artistic Director Randi Von Ellefson told me in a recent interview that the traditional Christmas concert will include a variety of holiday music, including Randol Bass’s carol medley “A Christmas Flourish,” the uplifting “Gloria in Excelsis” from Dan Forrest’s “Lux,” and a festive arrangement of “Joy to the World” that Luther Henderson wrote for the Canadian Brass ensemble.
“It’s joyful, it brings people into the season, it’s early in December. It’s at 7 o’clock so it’s earlier, so we hope people feel comfortable bringing kids,” Ellefson said, adding the concert may be for many youngsters their first experience with choral music. “It’s very accessible. … If I hadn’t had it as a kid, I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing. If we don’t get the children involved in the arts when they’re this age, they won’t be in the arts.”
He said children also will be performing at the event. Canterbury Youth Voices’ Moore Apprentice Choir, under the direction of Susan Pendergraft, will sing carols in the Civic Center lobby before the concert, and the Central Apprentice Choir, under the baton of Meredith Ziegler, will take the stage to perform John Rutter’s “Star Carol” and Zoltan Kodaly’s “Christmas Dance of the Shepherds.”
For the first time, Ellefson has invited the Canterbury To Go touring chamber choir to be featured during the Christmas concert under the direction of Robert Cook. The 16-person ensemble, which mostly performs a cappella, will sing Michael John Trotta’s soaring “Veni, Veni, Emmanuel,” a version of the Irish traditional “The Wexford Carol” and a special arrangement of “Boogie Woogie Santa Claus.”
The full choir will perform a sing-along of “O Come All Ye Faithful” and the signature Christmas closer, “Peace, Peace.”