The Community Chorale of the Catskills, under the direction of Richard Tucker, will present two performances of its annual holiday concert.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Margaretville Methodist Church and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Jay Gould Memorial Reformed Church in Roxbury.
According to a media release, this year’s program will include a variety of seasonal music including melodies and rhythms representing both African and Caribbean folk traditions. The Celtic tradition will also be represented with new arrangements of the traditional Irish “Wexford Carol” and the Welsh lullaby “Suo Gan,” the release said. Organizers said there will be music celebrating the feast of Hanukkah as well as songs utilizing traditional Hebrew prayer texts. Traditional carols of the season will also be represented, the release said.
The concert will feature the premiere of a new work, “Winter Evening,” composed on commission from the chorale by Grammy nominated Dr. Gerald Custer to a text by Georg Trakl, a late 19th century Austrian poet. The release said it will mark the first time the chorale has commissioned a work.
A free-will donation will be accepted at each performance, and members of the public are invited to come and share with the chorale in the music and spirit of the holiday season.