A Ceremony of Carols & Dancing Day

Thursday, December 15, 2016
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Advanced ticketing for this performance is now closed. Tickets will be available for sale at the Fifth Avenue entrance beginning at 4:45pm. All tickets are $40 general admission with a reserved section up front for Friends of Music Donors.

Scored for the unusual pairing of treble (boy soprano) voices and harp, Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols is a sequence of nine carols based on texts by anonymous 15th and 16th century writers. Deeply felt, both elegiac and energetic, it is a masterpiece for boys’ voices.

In his review for The New York Times, Anthony Tommasini wrote:

‚ÄúThe 24 boys of St. Thomas’s respected choir school were ideal performers. The angelic voices of the young trebles blended perfectly with the richer voices of older altos, some of whom were almost twice as tall as their youngest choirmates. The boys are already complete musicians who hold pitch true even in close-spaced harmonies and are not rattled when contrapuntal lines become crisscrossed in agitated passages. For all the sweetness in the music, Britten also conveys rambunctious, boyish energy, which this performance captured‚Ķ‚Äù

John Rutter’s Dancing Day is a cycle of traditional Christmas Carols. The work celebrates Christmas with a tapestry of familiar carols and old texts dating back as far as the 14th century. Several of these songs are ‚Äúpeople’s music‚Äù‚Äîmerry medieval dance tunes with religious texts having one foot in the church door, and with their dance melodies one in the village square. This amalgam of secular experience and religious story retell the central event of Christmas with vivid imagery and affecting simplicity. Through them all runs the sense of wonder and danceable joy.

A CEREMONY OF CAROLS – Benjamin Britten
DANCING DAY – John Rutter

Featured Performers:
The Boys of Saint Thomas Choir
Bridget Kibbey, harp
Daniel Hyde, conductor

General Admission: $40
Reserved front section for Friends of Music

Doors open at 4:45pm