Tuesday November 6, 2012

Berkshire Lyric announces the start of their year-long gala 50th anniversary season with a series of holiday concerts in December.

"Deck the Halls, The Christmas Concert" will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. The concert features the 65-voice Berkshire Lyric Chorus and the 30-voice Blafield Children’s Chorus.

The choruses will be joined by the Monument Mountain High School Chorus and the Spartones. There will also be a special appearance by Gaudeamus, a select a cappella chorus of 10 young men from Simon’s Rock College in Great Barrington that specializes in early music.

Tickets are $20 for adults and free for students and children. They may be purchased online at www.berkshirelyricinfo.org or at the church before the concert.

The Berkshire Singers, the teenage chorus of Berkshire Lyric, will be featured in a special concert at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Berkshire Museum as part of the museum’s annual Festival of Trees Family Day celebration. Admission is free with a paid admission to the museum.

As part of the 50th anniversary season, Berkshire Lyric will also present Handel’s Messiah as a community sing at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, at First United Methodist Church with accompaniment on the church’s Austin organ. The audience is invited to be the chorus, with vocal scores sold at the door. A professional string quartet will be augmented by local young string players.

Three past winners of Berkshire Lyric’s Young Singers Competition will be the vocal soloists: Felicia Coppola-Pavao, Miles Herr and Timothy Passetto.

Admission is by donation. The free will offering will be sponsored by the Pittsfield Area Council of Congregations and all proceeds will directly benefit the Pittsfield Area Fuel Assistance Program.