Connecticut Master Chorale to present Holiday Prelude Concert at First Congregational Church in Danbury

November 17, 2017 GMT

The Connecticut Master Chorale, under the direction of Tina Johns Heidrich, will present its annual Holiday Prelude Concert at the First Congregational Church in Danbury on Nov. 19.

Sunday’s concert will include outstanding choral music reflecting many cultures, celebrating everything from Thanksgiving and Chanukah to Christmas and more.

According to a news release, the concert will open with a dramatic new rendition of “Gloria in Excelsis Deo!” The program also features “A Celtic Christmas,” an eclectic grouping of three Celtic pieces, and “Christmas in the Great Hall,” a majestic choral fantasy featuring unique arrangements of seven time-honored carols.”


“African Star Carol,” from South Africa, and “La Trulla,” from Puerto Rico, and “Believe,” from the movie “Polar Express,” will contrast with the jazzy standard, “That’s What I Want for Christmas,” first made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, and a Big Band version of the spiritual “Mary, Mary!” the news release said.

“Also included will be works by Dan Forrest, Ridgefield’s Stephen Schwartz, and a gorgeous musical setting of a Rachael Field poem, along with many other festive selections...”

An exhilarating retelling of the Christmas story, “Down in Bethlehem!” will close the program.

The Connecticut Master Chorale is an ensemble of 55 vocalists in their 19th year of singing in western Connecticut. They will be accompanied by the Connecticut Master Chorale Holiday Brass and Joseph J. Jacovino on piano and organ.

First Congregational Church, 164 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury. Sunday, Nov. 19, 3 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 203-743-0473. The venue is handicap accessible. Doors open at 2:15 p.m.