>Voci Allegre Vocal Ensemble

>Voci Allegre vocal ensemble is pleased to announce “A Very British Christmas,” its first concert of the 2009-2010 season. Sponsored jointly by Craven Arts Council and Gallery and First Baptist Church of New Bern, the performance will be held in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church (Middle Street) and begins at 6:00 PM on December 4, 2009.

Director Lorraine Hale has assembled a program of old favorites and lesser-known gems of literature from England, Wales, and the Isle of Man. Composers of the works to be presented range from the prolific “anonymous” to Henry VIII.

Performing with Hale will be soprano Brenda Hardee and contralto Yvonne Templeton. The group will be assisted by accompanist Barry Templeton.

The concert will include haunting melodies from medieval abbeys to rollicking secular folk tunes. A special feature will be Richard Smart’s song about the arrival of “Sir Christemas,” who appears and announces in French (!) the birth of Jesus and encourages the song’s auditors to drink a happy toast to the newborn savior.

Join Voci Allegre as the group ushers in the holiday season with its ever-popular Christmas concert (and sing-along). For more information, please call 638-2577.

Author: Director Lorraine Hale, Voci Allegre Vocal Ensemble

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