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Manchester Choral Society collaborates with the Currier Museum of Art

Friday, December 6, 2013

MANCHESTER – Caroling at the Currier will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7, from noon – 1:30 p.m.

The Manchester Choral Society returns for its fourth holiday season of caroling in the galleries and the Winter Garden Cafe. Beverages, salads, sandwiches and soup can be purchased at the cafe. The Currier Museum of Art is located at 150 Ash St., Manchester. Museum admission is free to Currier members and to New Hampshire residents who arrive before noon. Currier admittance fees apply to all others. Check www.currier.org for more information.

MCS singers have an extensive repertoire. David Publow, of Bedford, likes “In the Bleak Midwinter,” remarking that “its poetry sets the scene for the Christmas message so well.”

Nancy Rosen, of Dunbarton, said, “I love ‘Silent Night.’ Just brings me back to playing Mary in the Christmas pageant at Grace Church School in New York City in eighth grade – but also, too, of many Christmas Eve masses – this was usually played during communion; just a simple, solemn piece. Brings tears to my eyes just to think of it.”

Rita Lynn, of Londonderry, said, “My favorite is ‘In Terra Pax’ by Gerald Finzi because it makes me feel like I am right there witnessing the birth of Jesus. It is so solemn, mysterious and powerful. I get so many visuals while I am singing this piece and the ending is my hope: ‘and on Earth peace, good will toward men.’”

The Manchester Choral Society is a nonprofit auditioned community chorus established in 1961. MCS is committed to promoting the best in choral music through performance, collaboration and educational and community outreach. Concerts for the public are offered several times a year under the musical direction of Dan Perkins. Now in his 23rd year as professor of music and director of choral activities at Plymouth State University, Perkins is also music director of the New Hampshire Master Chorale, and has served as the principal guest conductor of the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet in Hanoi, guest conductor of the Dartmouth Concertato Singers, Dartmouth Handel Society, and as the music director of the Hanover Chamber Orchestra and New Hampshire Friendship Chorus. Perkins’ choirs have performed all over the world, including Europe, Peru, Vietnam, South Africa, South Korea,and Brazil.

For more information about Manchester Choral Society, go to www.mcsnh.org or contact president David Betz at 472-6MCS (472-6627).

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