“Magnificat” to be Featured on Tidewater Chamber Singers Concerts

TCS1 (400 x 174)John Rutter’s beautiful and stirring work “ Magnificat” will be presented by The Tidewater Chamber Singers as part of their holiday musical gift to the community with two “must see” performances on December 19th and 20th. These performances of the “Magnificat” will feature guest soprano soloist Christine Noyes and Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of William R. Thomas.  This joyful work was first performed in Carnegie Hall in New York in May of 1990.  The composer had this to say about the work. “The Magnificat has always been one of the most familiar and well-loved of scriptural texts. It is a poetic outpouring of praise, joy and trust in God, ascribed by St. Luke to the Virgin Mary on learning that she was to give birth to the Christ.”   He wanted The Magnificat to represent the Mediterranean sunshine and celebrate the exuberant spirit of the many festivals held throughout Europe in honor of the Virgin Mary.  The program will also include several delightful holiday favorites and a cappella selections by Palestrina, Eric Whitacre and Rutter.

The first concert is Saturday, December 19, 2009, 8:00 p.m. at Christ Church in St. Michaels, MD.  Tickets for this concert are $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door.  Students are free.  Advance tickets are recommended and may be bought at Crackerjacks in Easton and St. Michaels Candy Company in St. Michaels.  Additional information is available on their website, www.tidewaterchambersingers.org or by calling 1-888-752-0023 or emailing tidewatercs@gmail.com.

The second concert will take place on Sunday, December 20, 2009, 4:00 p.m. at Christ Church, Cambridge, MD as part of their Concert Series.  For information and tickets to the Cambridge concert, please call 410-228-3161.
Come and celebrate the season with the Tidewater Chamber Singers!

The Tidewater Chamber Singers are very grateful for the generous support of the Talbot County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council  an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts.