Solstice Singers presents "Sing We Noël"

Start: 
Sunday, December 22, 2019 - 4:00pm
Location: 
Woods Hole Community Hall, Water Street, Woods Hole
Category: 
Family Friendly

The Solstice Singers and guest performers will present “Sing We Noël,” a pageant of carols and songs, instrumental music, drama and dance in the style of the Renaissance. The performances will take place in the Woods Hole Community Hall on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 4:00 PM and Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 4:00 PM.

Performed in colorful, period costumes, the program is a celebration of Christmas and the winter Solstice, woven around the symbolism of trees and nature. Says Anne Richards, a founding member and manager of the group: ”The Mother Nature theme is a natural one for Solstice celebrations, and it threads its way through this year’s performance in musical selections, a mysterious Medieval dance, and a fable told by the children.”

The Solstice Singers will be joined by members of Ensemble Passacaglia, performing on beautiful period instruments including strings, winds and percussion. In addition to accompanying the singers, Passacaglia will perform instrumental music throughout the program. Passacaglia was formed in 2001 in order to accompany the Solstice Singers, and has been a key ingredient in programs ever since. Like the Solstice Singers, Passacaglia's aim is to balance historical authenticity with contemporary vitality and freshness.

This year’s show features holiday music that ranges from the contemplative to the downright rowdy. On the more serene side are beautiful compositions by Palestrina (Sicut Cervus) and DeVictoria (O Magnum Mysterium), while the other end of the spectrum includes Ave Color Vini Clari, a medieval drinking song. The children’s chorus Les Enfants du Soleil will present several pieces of their own and join the adult chorus in others, including the “Boar’s Head Carol”, The Twelve Days of Christmas, and other traditional favorites.

The program continues the tradition of mummers’ plays, in which life is struck down by forces of evil, (representing winter) only to spring to life again at the hands of a magical healer (representing rebirth in the spring). This year’s play is written by Lisa Jo Rudy, Falmouth playwright and director, and has a contemporary topical theme layered over the traditional mummers’ play form.

Both shows on December 21 and 22 are at 4:00 PM in the Woods Hole Community Hall located at 68 Water Street in Woods Hole. The hall is accessible to people with disabilities. Attendees are invited to a reception that follows each performance. Admission is $20 at the door for adults ($17 when purchased in advance), $12 for students, and $1 for children under 12. Advance tickets are available at Eight Cousins Books on Main Street in Falmouth and online. For more information, visit www.solsticesingers.org.
Formed in 1992 under the guidance of the late Patricia C. Brown, the Solstice Singers has performed under the direction of Lore Loftfield De Bower of Woods Hole since 2001. The group’s primary mission is to provide community enrichment by performing music in the style of the Renaissance. The singers, many of whom have been with the group since its inception, come from Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts.