Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 19:30
Festival of Christmas
UWindsor Chamber Choir
Dr. Bruce Kotowich, director
Heritage Auditorium, Assumption Hall, 400 Huron Church Rd.
Windsor’s holiday musical tradition, the Festival of Christmas, returns to the acoustically excellent Heritage Auditorium in Assumption Hall for two performances – Saturday, December 10, 7:30 pm AND Sunday, December 11, 2:30 pm! Come hear the UWindsor Chamber Choir and University Singers under the direction of Dr. Bruce Kotowich, perform seasonal favourites and new choral works for the Holiday Season including a new choral work by Canadian composer Larry Nickel, “An A cappella Christmas Cantata!“
Composer Larry Nickel talks about his new work, “An A cappella Christmas Cantata”:
Pregnant out of wedlock and then claiming virginity: imagine people rolling their eyes, “Ya right! Tell me another one!” Humble Mary walked across the countryside to visit her cousin, who was also pregnant - with John the Baptist. As Mary approached the door, Elizabeth’s baby leaped inside her. 30 years later John would baptize Jesus in the Jordan River and eventually be beheaded at the request of Herod’s seductive wife. There are rare and extenuating parts of the Christmas narrative and this Cantata touches on a few. The tiny baby on a bed of straw is the simple charming picture most of us envision at Christmas. The life of Christ changed the direction of the entire world. There is hope, love and redemption for us all; I’m an ardent believer. I am so pleased and feel honoured that Dr. Kotowich with such fantastic young singers are conveying this message. Larry Nickel
Tickets: $15 Adults/Seniors; $5 Students (with ID). The Box Office and Online ticket store are closed on weekends. Not to worry, tickets will be available for purchase at the door up to on hour before the performance. Cash only at the door.
Festival of Christmas Repertoire
From the choral canon:
Pergolesi-Excelsus super omnes gentes Dominus
Bouzignac-Noe, Noe! Pastores, Cantate Domino
Sweelink-Hodie! Christus natus est
Willan-The Three Kings
Sandtrom:Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming
Arr. Luboff-Still, Still, Still
Arr. Andrew-Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Arr. Shaw-Let It Snow
Arr. Scott-‘Round the Glory Manger
Nickel-An A cappella Christmas Cantata (to be recorded)
Arr. Simone-Do You Hear What I Hear?
Nickel- Miles to Go
UWindsor Chamber Choir 2016-2017
The Heritage Auditorium is located in Assumption Hall, 400 Huron Church Rd.
Assumption Hall is located at 400 Huron Church Rd., between University Avenue and Wyandotte St. W., on the west side of the University of Windsor campus. The only door to the building that is accessible is located on the north side of the building, closest to the CAW Student Centre. It is identifiable by the lighter colour brick than the rest of the building. This entrance has both steps and a ramp, making it handicap accessible.
Parking: street parking is free after 6:00 pm Mondays thru Saturdays and all day on Sunday; there is a pay and display lot located immediately south of Assumption Hall off Huron Church Rd.; and Assumption Church’s paid parking lot is accessible off University Ave.