The Northland Master Chorale will be tapping into nearly 500 years of musical heritage and tradition celebrating the Christmas season for the annual Songs of the Season concert on Friday, December 2, beginning at 7 p.m. at Northland Pioneer College’s Performing Arts Center, 1611 S. Main in Snowflake.
For admission, patrons are asked to bring a non-perishable food item, or make a $5 donation, all of which will be donated to the Love Kitchen in Pinetop.
“The Christmas season is my favorite time of the year because of the profound amount of choral music that celebrates the season,” says Scott Gentry, director of the Master Chorale. “This year’s concert will span a heritage of over 500 years of that choral tradition, including representations of some of those traditions from Germany, England and America, spanning from the Renaissance to our contemporary period.” The concert features several vocal and instrumental solos, and a piano duet with Scott and his wife Jeanie based on traditional carols of the season.
Of particular note is the Master Chorale’s performance of John Leavitt’s Missa Festiva, written in 1991. “This 17-minute multi-movement work in Latin takes its format from the liturgical mass and displays a variety of modes with its rich counterpoint, lyrical melodies, vibrant accompaniment and vigorous energy,” notes Gentry. “It has become a favorite of many choral groups around the world and has quickly established itself as a seasonal favorite with performers and audiences alike.”
The concert will close with a stunning arrangement of the traditional Silent Night by Barlow Bradford. “A Christmas concert would not be complete without an arrangement of Silent Night. There are so many varied arrangements of this famous world-wide melody that I could conduct concerts for the next 25 years and never repeat an arrangement. And this one is among one of the top arrangements,” adds Gentry.
“There will be something on this concert that will appeal to all, young and old,” concludes Gentry.