The Choral Society presented two performances of their holiday program
On December 5, we presented two performances of a free holiday program, singing outdoors in the gazebo behind the student center at Pensacola State College. Mindful of the health and safety of singers and audience, we sang masked, standing six feet apart, and everyone who joined us to listen wore masks and maintained their distance in chairs spread out across the lawn.
Gladsome Tidings was an eclectic half hour of music led by guest conductor Peter Steenblik, director of choral activities at the University of West Florida. The performances featured chorus members Carla Quinn and Mike Nichols as soloists, as well as collaborative pianist Isabelle Areola, violinist Leonid Yanovskiy, and bassist Max Levesque.
The program began with Alfred Burt’s “Caroling, Caroling” and included other well-loved favorites, such as the “Carol of the Bells” and “Go Where I Send Thee,” as well as an arrangement of a Polish carol, a setting of the 23rd Psalm, a Bach chorale, and an excerpt from Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols. Also, during the program, Dr. Steenblik invited the audience to join in singing Nancy Grundahl’s round “Be Swift to Love.”
Program image by John Medzerian.