PITTSFIELD -- Berkshire Lyric presents "Making Spirits Bright, a Concert of Christmas Music" at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church on Park Square in downtown Pittsfield.
The 85-voice Berkshire Lyric Chorus will be joined by the Blafield Children's Chorus in a wide-ranging choral program of some of the most beloved music of the season. The concert will be led by Berkshire Lyric Artistic Director Jack Brown and accompanied by Joe Rose. This is an expanded version of Berkshire Lyric's traditionally sold out Stockbridge Main Street Concert.
The featured work will be Benjamin Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols," performed as part of the celebrations of the centennial anniversary of his birth. Teresa Mango will perform the virtuoso harp part and also accompany the chorus in "Silent Night" to end the program. Other choral arrangements include, "Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head," "O Come, O Come Emmanuel," and "The Holly and the Ivy."
Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Marjorie Dix is the Berkshire Lyric 2013-14 season guest artist and will be featured in the program. Baritone John Demler will also be a soloist with the big choir as well as sharing "Do You Here What I Hear" with the Blafield Children's Chorus. Other selections will include "Silver Bells," "The Christmas Waltz," and Vince Guaraldi's music from "A Charlie Brown Christmas."
There will be a sing-a-long portion of favorite carols at the end of the concert.
Tickets are $20 for adults, with children admitted free. Tickets may be purchased from chorus members or through Berkshire Lyric's website: BerkshireLyricInfo.org.