The 50 members of the Hamilton-Gibson Children and Youth Choirs will help kick off Dickens weekend with their annual Dickens of a Concert on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Central Avenue in Wellsboro.
The songs being performed will celebrate the season with some pieces exploring this year’s theme, “Our responsibility to care for our natural world.”
Among the selections are three versions of “Joy to the World”, the most-published Christmas hymn in North America. There will also be a carol sing-along.
Guest artist Molly Cary will join the Children’s Concert Choir in singing “This Christmastide,” written for opera singer Jessye Norman, who recently passed away. Cary is the music teacher for 616 kindergarteners through fourth graders attending the Don Gill and Charlotte Lappla elementary schools in Wellsboro. The daughter of Ann and Alan Acker of Coudersport, she is also a lead and harmony vocalist and guitarist with local band Drowsy Maggie.
The Children’s Concert Choir will also perform “With the Earth, I Am One”. The text of this song is a poem written by American poet Amy Lowell (1875-1925).
The Young Men and Young Women’s choirs will join in singing the Christmas carol, “Past Three O’clock.” The words were written to the traditional tune, London Waits.
The Young Women will perform the driving opening number from the musical “Frozen” and the Young Men will sing the “Masters in This Hall,” a traditional English carol, and “Stars I Shall Find,” a thoughtful poem by Sara Teasdale (1884-1933).
All four choirs will sing the third version of “Joy to the World,” a contemporary song most famous for its opening lyrics regarding a fellow named Jeremiah and his likeness to a bullfrog. They will conclude the concert with John Rutter’s divinely beautiful “What Sweeter Music.”
The Children’s Choir for youth in grades fifth through eighth, and the Young Men’s Choir of grades nine through 12 are both directed by Thomas Putnam; the Young Women’s Choir, grades 9 through 12, is directed by Julie Schlosser, and Choir, TOO, grades second through fourth is directed by Cheryl Hein Walters. Parker Neal, a Mansfield University student, accompanies all four choirs at the piano.
The Wellsboro Electric Company, a generous and supportive HG sponsor for many years, is sponsoring the Dec. 6 concert.
Tickets can be purchased at the door for $8 for adults; and $4 for youth, 18 and under. For more information about the concert or how second through twelfth graders can become choir members, call Hamilton-Gibson at (570) 724-2079 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.