Welcome from the Quinebaug Valley Singers!

STURBRIDGE, 13 NOVEMBER 2018 -- The Quinebaug Valley Singers, a community chorus centered in Sturbridge, will celebrate the holiday season with a pair of concerts titled "Light Out of Darkness."

QVS usually has its Saturday evening concert at the St. Joachim Chapel, but they're breaking with tradition this time around in order to allow both concerts to start in darkness, then add increasing light throughout. With no windows in its sanctuary, St. Joachim is able to be rendered nearly dark in the middle of an afternoon; the Elm Street Church, with its lovely stained-glass windows, can only be dark after nightfall.

Why the emphasis on light and dark? Because Christmas and Hanukkah and the Winter Solstice all happen at a time of the year when darkness is keenly felt, and the promise of returning light is joyfully anticipated. QVS Music Director Nym Cooke has selected a program that reflects these polarities on the season. The first half of the concert is comprised of pieces that present the many different aspects of darkness--mystery, peacefulness, even fear. In contrast, the second half will contain songs blazing with light--celebratory, affirming, joyous light. The lighting in both venues, changing throughout the performance, will accompany and accentuate what is happening musically.

The musical fare ranges widely both in style and energy. So many kinds of energies animate this season's music: pathos and exultation, tenderness and triumph, meditation and merriment. All these and more will be palpable to the audience. Trumpet and kettledrums will add color to one work; a flute obbligato will decorate another; one song's verses are sung by a soloist accompanying himself on guitar. There will be folksongs, jazzy numbers, classical classics, and hymn tunes. There will be a world premiere, of a piece written by QVS bass Ken Smith; there'll be vocal solos by the chorus's two youngest members; and guest conductor Ted Bradley (Director of Music at the "Hill Church" in Woodstock) will lead two pieces. And there may even be sugar-plum fairies.

As much a journey as a concert, "Light Out of Darkness" promises musical treats of many sorts. Plan to make the Quinebaug Valley Singers' performance a stop on your own holiday journey! And arrive early to be sure of a seat; doors open half an hour before each concert. For further information, people may call or email Nym Cooke: 978 724 3438, nymcooke@gmail.com.

Please visit the Multimedia / CDs page for more information on our professionally-produced Christmas CD, "Brightest and Best"!