Music And Dance To Usher In The Christmas Season

The Oratorio Society of Estes Park and Ballet Renaissance will combine their talents for a Christmas season concert filled with carols, folk songs, and Scottish dancing. The concert will be held Friday, Nov. 30th at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1st at 2:00 p.m. in the auditorium of Estes Park High School, 1600 Manford Avenue.

On the program are Benjamin Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols," "How Far is it to Bethlehem," by Stephen Paulus, "Angels' Carol" by John Rutter, and an arrangement of "Deck the Halls" by James McKelvy, "English Folk Songs Suite" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, "Stonehenge," "Fantasia on Greensleeves," and a "Suite of Scottish Folk Dances" featuring Ballet Renaissance, Brianna Furnish and Radoslaw Kokoszka, directors.

Among the featured soloists in these pieces are Scott Anderson, Kristi Fjare, Karen Johnson, Robin Howard, Jane Stuart, Terry Van Ryn, Robert Keep on oboe, and Kathryn Harms on harp.

Kathryn Bowers will conduct the first half of the program while co-conductor Robert Howard sings tenor with the Oratorio Society chorus. Howard then conducts the second half of the program while Bowers plays violin with the orchestra.

"This collection of English composers and their music is an excellent way to launch the Christmas season, with melodies charting the birth and life of Christ," explained co-conductor Kathryn Bowers. "Some of these songs are heard almost every year in one place or another in December. We're especially thrilled that Kathryn Harms and her harp will be a part of this program. What's Christmas without a little harp music—or a lot?" Robert Howard adds, “to me, performing ensembles embody the spirit of community. Estes Park is blessed with so many talented performers whose gifts enhance the quality of life in our beautiful Estes Valley community.”

The concert is open to the public and admission is free of charge. Donations are deeply appreciated. And they are tax deductible. With Colorado Gives Day this coming Tuesday, December 4th, lots of worthwhile non-profit organizations will seek your much-needed donations. OSEP will also be grateful for your donations, so that we can continue our mission of presenting high quality classical music to the Estes Park community of listeners at our free concerts. Members of the Oratorio Society's chorus and orchestra all donate their time and talents. They play and sing because they love the music.

For more information, go to, “Like” us on Facebook, or call Kathy Bowers at 970-586-5193. OSEP is funded in part by grants from the Estes Park Community Thrift Shop and the Village Thrift Shop.

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