NCS Winter Concert Recap!

Photo: Jeremiah True, 2017

NEWBURYPORT, MA – The Newburyport Choral Society performed its annual Winter Concert on Saturday and Sunday, December 9 and 10 at the Belleville Congregational Church in Newburyport.  An annual favorite event for welcoming the holiday season, this year’s Winter Concert offered audiences a musical program that was both joyous and entertaining.   The Saturday night audience experienced the music against the backdrop of a “white Christmas preview” as they braved the elements to be present for the concert!

This year, approximately 180 singers, soloists and professional orchestra members performed under the baton of Dr. George Case, Director of Choral Activities at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee.  The Assistant Conductor was John Verkuilen, and Dr. Kirsten Helgeland provided accompaniment on both piano and organ.

Entitled “The Rose and the Night Star,” the first half of the program featured Camille Saint-Saëns’ beautiful Christmas Oratorio, featuring Boston area soloists soprano Elissa Alvarez, mezzo soprano Megan Callahan, tenor Colin Campbell, and baritone Michael Miller.  In addition, two of NCS’ own singers, mezzo sopranos Hsin-Ming Ting and Kerri MacLennan, joined the soloists for the Quintet section of the oratorio.

Photo: Jeremiah True 2017  NCS Music Director Dr. George Case and NCS Accompanist Dr. Kirsten Helgeland

Joining us again this year was The Greater Newburyport Children’s Chorus under the direction of Gina McKeown, who performed pieces including Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (Artman), and My Favorite Things (Rodgers & Hammerstein/arr. Spevacek).

Among the highlights in the second half of the performance, the chorus explored various musical settings of Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming from the 16th through the 20th Centuries.

In keeping with our Winter Concert tradition, audiences were invited to join their voices with the choruses and orchestra in singing familiar carols.

The chorus concluded the concert with an exciting multi-cultural piece from South Africa entitled, Hope for Resolution, an anthem written to honor Nelson Mandela and FW DeKlerk at the end of apartheid.


The Newburyport Choral Society would like to thank our audiences for their tremendous showing for this concert, despite the weather.   We would also like to thank our many Corporate and Individual Sponsors who partner with NCS each season to help make these concerts possible.  We could not do it without your support!

Save the date!  Join us on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 8:00 P.M. and Sunday, May 6 at 4:00 P.M. at Belleville Congregational Church for our NCS 2018 Spring Concert entitled “Harmony.”  The concert will feature Missa Diana Requiem by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Levin Completion) and music of Czech composer Jan Dismas Zelenka.

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