Ars Choralis Annual Yule Concert Brings New Light to Christmas
Award-winning chorus, Ars Choralis presents “The Road to Bethlehem,” a musical reimagining of the Christmas story, on Saturday, December 8 at 7 p.m. at Old Dutch Church, 272 Wall Street, Kingston; and on Sunday, December 9 at 4 p.m. at Overlook Methodist Church, 233 Tinker Street, Woodstock.
Composer Barbara Pickhardt and lyricist Johanna Hall began writing together in 2000, producing two earlier versions of the musical performed by Ars Choralis as Miracle in Bethlehem. Inspired by positive responses and a new vision, Pickhardt and Hall have done an extensive rewrite which is reflected in its new title. In The Road to Bethlehem, the heart of the familiar Christmas story remains, beating true, but has been made newly relevant.
Bringing the biblical characters to life and picturing the pastoral scenes around them, the composers have imagined new characters as witnesses to Jesus’s birth. Amy Martin and Matt Ulrich will portray Mary and Joseph; Chuck Snyder is Herod; Todd West, Mark Lindeman, and Jim Noecker will sing the roles of the three kings; the innkeeper and his wife are played by Becky Lowe and Jim Ulrich; Harvey Boyer and Christina Gardner are angels; Mike Haller is Caesar’s herald; and Shannon Donnell is a shepherd.
Adult tickets for the concert are $18 purchased in advance and $22 at the door. Tickets for children 18 and under are half price. Online sales have ended, but tickets can be obtained at the door or at the following locations: The Golden Notebook and Catskill Art & Office Supply in Woodstock, DIG in Saugerties, and Mother Earth’s Storehouse in Kingston.