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Voices Chorale NJ Presents: Winterlight! Celebrating the Season in Song on Friday, December 16, 7:30pm at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ
Winterlight! will have a British flare as it features selections from Ralph Vaughn Williams’ Folk Songs of the Four Seasons, plus works by internationally acclaimed jazz composer Will Todd: Bring Light, A Boy was Born and three jazz carols. Adding to the specialness of the event, Todd will join VCNJ in concert.
Rounding out the program, diverse songs capturing the joyful spirit and reflection of the winter holiday season, including, We Are Where the Light Begins. The luminous text by Jan Richardson reminds the listener that the little kindnesses we can show to others every day radiate to bring light to all of humanity.
Tickets and Information for in-person and video streaming are available at Voices https://www.voiceschoralenj.org.
In person general admission: $20
In person child / student with ID: $10
Online streaming (one per household): $20
Voices Chorale NJ is an auditioned intergenerational chorus with members from throughout central New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. Under the direction of Dr. David A. McConnell, who assumed leadership in August of 2018, Voices Chorale NJ performed concerts in 2018 and 2019 and then again in 2021 and 2022. Dr. Lyn Ransom founded Voices in 1987. Voices Chorale NJ carries that legacy forward with its mission to inspire audiences with outstanding music, performance opportunities for skilled singers, and musical education opportunities for youth and adults.
Dr. David A. McConnell, Artistic Director of Voices Chorale NJ, founded Vox Philia in 2012, a chamber choir comprised of professional and gifted amateur singers, and co-founded the Berks Sinfonietta chamber orchestra in 2014, both of which feature an intergenerational approach. Dr. McConnell teaches music courses at Pennsylvania State University, Berks Campus, and Alvernia University in Reading, PA. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Will Todd, English composer, and pianist, composes for choral works large and small, opera, musical theater, orchestral works, jazz, and chamber works. His anthem, The Call of Wisdom, was performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration with a TV audience of 45 million people. His arrangement of Amazing Grace was performed at President Obama’s Inauguration Day prayer service in 2013 and as part of Nelson Mandela’s’ Thanksgiving Service. Todd’s music is regularly broadcast on Classic FM, and on BBC Radio 3. More about Todd at https://willtodd.co.uk/composer/
This program is made possible, in part, by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission through funding from the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.
Voices Chorale NJ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and a New Jersey non-profit corporation.
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