Music on the Hill opens its 2018 season by welcoming harpist Wendy Kerner for “Song of Light,” music in varied combinations for harp, bells and voices. The concert is Sunday, March 18, at 3 p.m. at WEPCO Parish Hall (48 New Canaan Rd.). It is presented free of charge as a gift to the community.

An uplifting program of renewal and joy, “Song of Light” features two new songs by New Canaan composer Gwyneth Walker; Gabriel Fauré’s much-loved “Cantique de Jean Racine;” and original works for handbells by artistic directors David H. Connell and Ellen Dickinson.

The Music on the Hill Festival Chorus will reprise the “Glory” movement of Dickinson’s Threads of Light:  A Tapestry of African-American Spirituals. Enthusiastically received at its fall 2016 premiere at Norwalk Concert Hall, Threads of Light weaves together over thirty spirituals in three movements: Hope, Journey, Glory. It will be performed in this concert with harp and bells. Dickinson also conducts.

Guest artist Kerner is the principal harpist with the Norwalk, Bridgeport, and Ridgefield Symphonies and has appeared in concerts throughout the United States and abroad. She is an adjunct professor of harp at Sacred Heart University and a founding member of the Irish music group “Themselves.”

Music on the Hill is a non-profit organization promoting engagement with music through workshops, a Summer Sings series, and four performing ensembles. It is funded by generous donors and by a grant from the CT Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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