Expanding one of the areas most beloved holiday traditions, Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale will share its gift of song this season with three holiday concerts in Philadelphia, South Jersey and on the Main Line. Sing, Choirs of Angels celebrates the season with traditional favorites and newly commissioned pieces under the leadership of music director, Jeffrey R. Smith.
The ensemble will debut a newly commissioned arrangement of O Little Town of Bethlehem written specifically for the group by Grammy award winner, David T. Clydesdale. This classic was originally written in Philadelphia in the 1800s at The Church of the Holy Trinity, one of this year’s performance venues. The concerts also mark the premier of a new Christmas lullaby Sleep, Little Baby, Sleep by Robert S. Cohen.
The evening performances will showcase the angelic voices of eighty boys complemented by a men’s chorale and full orchestra. The program will include a jazzy version of Go Tell It On the Mountain, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, We Need a Little Christmas and an a capella arrangement of O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. The diverse group will also sing a heart-warming Chanukah piece, Miracles Can Happen.
Concert information is as follows:
- Saturday, December 11th, The Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut Street, Rittenhouse Square, Phila
- Friday, December 17th, St. Isaac Jogues Church, Elmwood and Evesboro-Medford Rds., Marlton, NJ
- Saturday, December 18th, Proclamation Presbyterian Church, 278 Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA
All concerts begin at 8 PM with doors opening at 7:30 PM. All seats are $40 with a discount for groups of ten or more. Tickets can be purchased either online at www.phillyboyschoir.org or by calling 215-222-3500.
Want to hear more? Philadelphia Boys Choir members will continue the tradition performing for Pennsylvania Ballet’s Nutcracker at the Academy of Music and with Peter Nero and the Philly POPS for Holiday POPS! at the Kimmel Center this holiday season.
Founded in 1968 and currently under the musical direction of Jeffrey R. Smith, a choir alumnus and assistant conductor for Peter Nero and the Philly POPS, Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale has cultivated a following worldwide as America’s Ambassadors of Song.
The Choir’s achievements include world tours, performances for heads of state, recordings with internationally renowned orchestras and praise from critics and audiences around the world.
Recent engagements include Carnegie Hall, The Kimmel Center, The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Academy of Music and Irvine Auditorium. The group also performs regularly on local and national television including Good Morning America.
Emphasizing the preservation and promotion of American music, the Choir provides the finest in musical education and training to talented young boys and men, regardless of ethnic, religious or economic backgrounds. Scholarship opportunities are available to those in need. All boys ages 7 to 12 are welcome to register for an audition by calling the Choir office at 215-222-3500.
For more information visit www.phillyboyschoir.org.