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Manchester Choral Society and Orchestra perform holiday music in Bedford

Friday, December 13, 2013

Singers from the Manchester Choral Society, the 2G MCS Youth Chorus and the Manchester Central High School Chamber Choir will be accompanied by the MCS String Orchestra on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m., in a festive program of holiday music at Bethany Covenant Church, 1 Covenant Way, Bedford.

To purchase tickets in advance, go to www.mcsnh.org or call 472-6627. Tickets for adults are $25 and tickets for seniors and students are $20.

“On Earth PEACE: A Christmas Tapestry” includes “Das neugebor’ne Kindelein,” the cantata by Dietrich Buxtehude celebrating “The Newborn Baby,” as well as Gerald Finzi’s “In Terra Pax” and Herbert Howells’ “Gloucester Magnificat.” The singers will also perform folk carols from Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on Christmas Carols.”

MCS is supported by generous donations from many individuals, local businesses and foundations, including the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (Corbit Fund) and the Frederick Smyth Institute of Music.

The Manchester Choral Society is a nonprofit auditioned community chorus established in 1961. MCS is committed to sharing and promoting the best in choral music of a variety of styles and periods through vibrant 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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