Nouvelet Chamber Choir to offer two performances

Nouvelet Chamber Choir will present its seventh annual Christmas concert of sacred music at 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, December 17 and 18, at White Stone United Methodist Church, 118 Methodist Church Road, White Stone.

The 14-member select women’s choir sings from the side balconies “which produces an ethereal effect,” said director Brenda Burtner. Many of the singers also participate in the Chesapeake Chorale and their church choirs. Marynell Ivey of Middlesex County accompanies the ensemble.

Singers are Lynnie McCrobie, Carole Fletcher, Carol Purcell, Barbara Khaler, Margaret Forrester, Anne Parker, Lyn Conley, Maggie McNeil, Margaret Socey, Tonie Youmans, Stephanie McClain, Lynne Cerar, Linda Stough and Gini Nowakoski.

Among selections presented will be “Advent Alleluia” which is a pairing of “Salvation is Created” and “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence.” “Dormi, Dormi, O Bel Bambin” is a lullaby with sections sung in Italian, but repeated in English. “The Hands That First Held Mary’s Child” with lyrics by Thomas Troeger and music by Dan Forrest was commissioned by the Myers Park United Methodist Women’s Choir of Charlotte, N.C., in 2011. The text is a touching portrait of Joseph, with the weathered hands of a carpenter, holding his newborn son. “Shepherd’s Echo Carol” and “Where Shepherds Lately Knelt” will be accompanied by Laura Rowe on flute. She also will accompany the congregational hymns, “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and “In the Bleak Midwinter,” as well as perform a solo, “Air in D” by J.S. Bach.

“The music was selected and sequenced to relate the events of the Christmas story,” said Burtner. “We are looking forward to seeing familiar faces, as well as newcomers to our concerts.”

Donations will be forwarded to The Haven and Interfaith Service Council.

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