Holiday happenings in Greater Bedford

‘Lights on the Hill’ event this weekend

CANDIA – Celebrate Christmas at the 21st annual “Lights on the Hill” from 1-8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9. Activities happen in historic 19th century buildings beginning at the corner of Route 27 (High Street) and South Road in Candia (Exit 3 off Route 101). Walk the beautiful village campus lined with hundreds of luminaries or ride the shuttle bus around to each site. Admission is free. Help us support those in need by donating a hat or warm gloves or socks.

Toast a marshmallow or just warm your hands at the glowing campfire. Enjoy a light supper in the cafe and top it off with a homemade dessert in the Bakery. Children as well as adults will delight in seeing live nativity animals at the “Bethlehem” stable. The Heritage Commission will greet you at the Smyth Building, which is on the National Historic Register, where you may view creches from all over the world. The Christmas Store is a delightful place to buy those inexpensive stocking stuffers. Elves are available to help your children purchase and wrap gifts for the entire family. Have your picture taken in front of the Christmas tree and make a craft.

Christmas shows have something for everyone – come enjoy Nicole Murphy, Concord Coachmen Chorus, Granite State Cloggers, music from Jesse Remington High School and Moore School students, and much more. Children’s activities across the picturesque village campus include cookie decorating, craft making, balloon sculpturing and more. For more information, call 483-0506 or visit us on the web at or www.

Manchester Choral Society celebrates the season

MANCHESTER – The Manchester Choral Society is kicking off holiday festivities with its annual “Caroling at the Currier” performance on Dec. 9 at the Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St. The performance and museum admission is free to all New Hampshire residents arriving before noon, and will feature selections from MCS’ upcoming concerts on Dec. 16 and 17 along with traditional carols.

The concerts will be performed at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, 145 Lowell St., on Saturday, Dec. 16 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17. Titled “Sweet was the Sound,” the program will include excerpts from Parts I and III of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248; O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen; and Bob Chilcott’s Wenceslas.

Elizabeth Blood, MCS soprano, described her experience rehearsing for Sweet is the Sound.

“It has been an absolute pleasure rehearsing the Bach Christmas Oratorio and the Chilcott Wenceslas,” said Blood. “The program features sublime music that lifts us up and provides a spiritual experience.”

Mimi Alberu, MCS alto, added: “This concert spans a range of musical styles, from the inexorable logic and joyful abandon of Bach’s counterpoint, to the lush harmonies of Lauridsen and jazz elements of Chilcott. It is thoughtfully programmed by Dan Perkins and a joy to sing.”

“Building Community through Music” is the MCS mission. MCS is offering free admission for the concerts to all students in grades K-12. With this philosophy of outreach, MCS hopes to enhance students’ music education through the live performance. To purchase tickets in advance, go to or call 472-6627. Tickets for adults are $25. Ticket discounts for seniors, college students and groups are available.

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 Dr. Dan Perkins. Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Plymouth State University, Perkins is also music director of the New Hampshire Master Chorale; 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 further information about Manchester Choral Society, go to or contact co-presidents Liz Sheil or Kirsten Mohring at 472-6MCS (472-6627).