SHENANGO VALLEY —
While “Silent Night” didn’t make the cut in terms of most votes, it still will be sung with the Shenango Area Youth Chorus, which will sing some songs with the adult chorale and have its own concert within the concert.
The chorale will be accompanied by piano on some songs and a 22-piece chamber orchestra on others.
For more classically oriented listeners, the chorale also will sing Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols,” Rutter’s “Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind” and “Serenity (O Magnum Mysterium)” by Ola Gjeilo, while traditionalists should enjoy “Away in a Manger” and “Sing Noel, Sing Hallelujah.”
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” rounds out the program.
The Christmas concerts are set for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Westminster College Chapel in New Wilmington, and Dec. 14 in First Presbyterian Church, Sharon.
The chorale’s Christmastime offerings start at 2:30 p.m. Sunday with its annual free performance of a good chunk of Handel’s “Messiah” in First Presby. Again, an orchestra will be on hand.
The chorale’s Madrigal Singers hark back to Christmas celebrations of Medieval times with dinner concerts at 7 p.m. Dec. 6-9 at Tara, Clark.
While the singers, especially those involved in the Madrigal dinners, have a lot of music to learn for a series of challenging concerts, “We’re quite ready,” said Groves, entering his last Christmas season as director of the chorale.
“We have the rest of the year to prepare so we should be ready,” he said.
Tickets for the Dec. 13 and 14 concerts will be sold at the door. Madrigal dinners reservations: 724-974-1494.