South Burlington Community Chorus

Although one does not have to reside in South Burlington to be part of the Community Chorus, approximately half of the current 64-member chorus lives locally, including these 11 singers in rehearsal for their upcoming concert. Front row, from left, Sandra Walsh, Amy Caldwell, Leah Burke, Ann Owen, and Bonnie Aharonian. Back row, from left, Oliver Scotch, Robert Biral, Charles Miller, Spencer Baker, Betsy Weaver, and Don Weaver.

The South Burlington Community Chorus performs their winter concert, “Celebration of the Season”, on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m., at the McCarthy Arts Recital Hall, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester.

“Celebration of the Season” represents the group’s first performance under the direction of Erik Kroncke, a well-known, Vermont-based, professional singer who has performed opera throughout the U.S. as well as abroad.

“For my first concert with this chorus, I wanted to choose an eclectic selection of music that embraced the season,” said Kroncke. “From more traditional, but very beautiful music of Elgar and Holst, to more modern and jazzy selections including an arrangement of a West Indies carol by beloved Vermont composer Robert DeCormier.”

Concert selections include “Choral Fantasy based on Old Carols” by Gustav Holst; “The Snow” by Edward Elgar; the heartrending composition “Snow” by Irving Berlin from the well-known holiday classic “White Christmas”; and “Sim Shalom,” a beautiful and poignant prayer for peace.

“This program has been embraced by the choir and their enthusiasm and energy are thrilling. Kroncke added. “It has been an exciting few months of preparation with some truly spectacular music and we look forward to sharing it with the community.”

The South Burlington Community Chorus was founded in 1973 and is supported, in part, by the South Burlington Recreation and Parks Department. There are no auditions to join and no requirement that singers live in South Burlington. The only requirements are the ability to match pitch with fellow singers and a commitment to attend weekly rehearsals. While there are membership dues, part of the South Burlington Community Chorus mission is to have funds available to enable those with financial need the opportunity to participate.

Tickets are $10 for adults, and free for those under 18 years-of-age. In addition, admission is free to Saint Michael’s College students, faculty, and staff. For more information, including how to purchase advance tickets, visit www.sbchorusvt.org or contact SBRPD, 575 Dorset Street, 802-846-4108.

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