A Ceremony Of Carols

The Oratorio Society of Estes Park and Ballet Renaissance will present a festive holiday concert on Friday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. and Saturday Dec. 1 at 2 p.m., at the Estes Park High School Auditorium. Both performances, featuring music for and about the British Isles, are free and open to the public and are a great way to celebrate the spirit of the holidays with family and friends.

The featured choral work, Benjamin Britten's Ceremony Carols, will be directed by Kathryn Bowers and features guest harpist, Kathryn Harms of Boulder. Dr. Bowers will also conduct Angels Carol by John Rutter, a sparkling arrangement of Deck the Halls is 7/8 meter, and How Far is it to Bethlehem, arranged by Stephen Paulus. Solos for Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols include: That yonge child, alto Kristi Fjare; Balulalow, soprano Karen Johnson; In Freezing Winter Night, tenor Scott Anderson & soprano Karen Johnson; Spring Carol, soprano Robin Howard and alto Jane Stuart. The solo for Stephen Paulus' How Far is it to Bethlehem features: soprano, Terry Van Ryn and tenor Scott Anderson.

The orchestral section of the performance, conducted by Robert Howard, will begin with Ralph Vaughan Williams' English Folk Songs Suite and Stonehenge by Donald Matthews. Ballet Renaissance will join in for the remaining offerings: Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Greensleeves, and William Alwyn's Suite of Scottish Dances.

Ballet Renaissance would like to take this oppprtunity to thank its local partners: the Oratorio Society of Estes Park, Center Stage School of Dance, Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County and the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies. Additionally, Ballet Renaissance would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, Sunrise Rotary, Families for Estes, the Village Thrift Shop, and numerous individuals for all important 2018 support.

Ballet Renaissance is a nonprofit organization committed to educating and inspiring youth and the community through the art of classical ballet. Founded in southeast Michigan in June of 1997, Ballet Renaissance established a second branch in Estes Park, in the fall of 2011. Here in Colorado, Ballet Renaissance partners with the Oratorio Society of Estes Park, Center Stage School of Dance, Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County, and the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies. For more information: www.balletren.org

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