Music on the Hill presents “Sounds of the Season,” a holiday concert of the Jubilate Ringers handbell choir and Festival Chorus, with artistic directors David H. Connell and Ellen Dickinson. The concert is Friday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church (36 New Canaan Rd.).
“Sounds of the Season” includes carols and songs old and new, including works by English composers Ralph Vaughan Williams and John Rutter, as well as favorite carols sung by all with organ and handbells.
This year’s concert features works by the artistic directors. David H Connell’s “A Star” is a hauntingly beautiful setting of poems by Unitarian Universalist clergyman Rudolph Nemser. Ellen Dickinson’s “Light in the Darkness” will be premiered. It is an arrangement of twelve carols in four movements–Hope, Peace, Love, and Joy–for chorus and handbells with crotales, two octaves of gleaming bronze percussion.
Tickets for “Sounds of the Season” are $25 at the door, $20 in advance; children and students are free. Tickets may be ordered online or reserved by phone at 203.529.3133.
Music on the Hill, based in Wilton, is an independent non-profit organization. It is funded by generous supporters and by a grant from the CT Department of Community and Economic Development, Office of the Arts, which receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.