Miracle in Bethlehem
Saturday, December 7, 2013 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 8, 2013 4:00 PM
Overlook Methodist Church, Rt 212, Woodstock NY
Ars Choralis is pleased to present Barbara Pickhardt’s and Johanna Hall’s revised and expanded version of the musical setting of the Christmas Story. The opera, "Miracle In Bethlehem," is a new view of the well-known story of the birth of Jesus. The Woodstock writers have been developing this fresh version for a decade, discovering the humanity of the familiar characters in the Christmas story.
As the story unfolds, the listener will recognize the age-old story told and celebrated in churches throughout the world at Christmas time. Simultaneously, the listener will be drawn in to the real life drama of the story’s characters, identifying with their common humanity, their struggles and triumphs familiar to all of us.
This concert version, conducted by Barbara Pickhardt, is scored for chorus, soloists and instrumental ensemble of piano, violin, cello, trumpet and flute. It will be performed by the 50 member chorus and feature soloists: Amy Martin as Mary, Matt Ulrich as Joseph, Jim Ulrich is the innkeeper and Laurel Herdman is his wife Margaret. Chuck Snyder sings the duo roles of Gabriel in the annunciation and in the second act he becomes the antagonist, Herod. Mark Lindeman, Tod West and Jim Noecker are the kings. Mike Haller sings two roles as the herald who delivers the writ to the population to return to the place of one’s birth to pay Ceasar’s tax and later he becomes an imaginary guest at the inn who is transformed by the events he witnesses. Christina Gardner is the angel who announces the birth of Jesus to shepherds Becky Lowe, Wendy Lowe and Brian Lowe. She reappears later in the opera as the angel that warns Joseph of Herod’s evil intentions and encourages Joseph to flee to Egypt immediately with his family.
J. S. Bach Plus
An all-Baroque concert featuring Bach’s Cantata No. 61 and the “Gloria” from Cantata No. 101, plus music of Dietrich Buxtehude, Antonio Lotti, Giacomo Puccini, and Carl Heinrich Graun.
A concert celebrating the Hudson Valley's Musical Legacy, including 19th century Shape-note Songs of Louis Edson and Louis Edson Jr. of Shady, Native American prayer and music, music inspired by historical events, folk music of Camp Woodland, music written by Ernest Williams of the Saugerties Band Camp and compositions of celebrated musicians and performers who have made the Catskill Mountains their home.
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Music in Desperate Times was a Holocaust themed concert