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iCal 3:00 PM. Music on the Hill Festival Chorus [CT]: Songs of Thanksgiving. Songs of harvest, celebration, and thanks, with Artistic Director David H. Connell conducting. American composers will be featured in the spirit of the quintessential American holiday. Norfield Congregational Church, 64 Norfield Road, Weston CT 06883 (View flier)

iCal 7:30 PM. Music on the Hill Festival Chorus with Jubilate Ringers [CT]: "Sounds of the Season" Christmas Concert. A traditional Christmas concert of the Festival Chorus and Jubilate Ringers with Malcolm Dickinson, clarinet and saxophone. The chorus will perform selections from the Saint-Saëns Christmas Oratorio as well as traditional carols, both familiar and lesser-known, under the direction of Artistic Director David H. Connell. The ringers will premiere a Christmas suite of German carols arranged for handbells by Artistic Director Ellen Dickinson, Conductor. St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 36 New Canaan Road, Wilton CT 06897 (View flier)

iCal 3:00 PM. Music on the Hill Festival Chorus with Jubilate Ringers [CT]: Luck o' the Irish. Music on the Hill celebrates St. Patrick's Day with a concert of Irish music. The Festival Chorus will perform traditional Irish songs, including "Carrickfergus" and "'Tis the Last Rose of Summer" as arranged for the King's Singers. Other selections include a wordless "Londonderry Air" arranged by Percy Grainger and settings of the poetry of W.B. Yeats. Artistic Director Ellen Dickinson conducts the chorus. The Jubilate Ringers, led by Artistic Director David H. Connell, will perform his suite of Irish dances arranged for handbells, "Give Us a Dance Then," featuring the jigs, reels, and waltzes of a traditional Irish ceili, or dance party, with bell effects evoking the bagpiper's drone and the dancers' clogs. Tickets: $20 purchased online; $25 at the door. Children and students, free. Parish Hall at Wilton Episcopal and Presbyterian Church complex (WEPCO), 48 New Canaan Road, Wilton CT 06897 (View flier)

iCal 8:00 PM. Music on the Hill Festival Chorus/Unitarian Church Special Projects Choir/The Sebastians [CT]: G.F. Handel: Israel in Egypt. Handel's biblical oratorio with double chorus, soloists, and period orchestra: The Sebastians, New York City's "leading young early-music ensemble" (NY Times). Edward Thompson, Conductor. Presented free of charge as a gift to the community. Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk CT 06851 (View flier)

iCal 7:30 PM. Music on the Hill Festival Chorus with Jubilate Ringers [CT]: Sounds of the Season. Christmas carols and songs performed by handbells and chorus, with favorite carols sung by all. The Festival Chorus will sing early German carols; arrangements of carols by William Billings and Charles Ives; and a group of carols about Christmas bells, including a setting of the Tennyson poem "Ring Out Wild Bells" by contemporary American Linda Dowdell. The ringers will premiere Noël, a suite of French carols arranged for handbells by Artistic Director Ellen Dickinson, and "Change Ring Prelude on Divinium Mysterium," the medieval plainchant melody that appears in hymnody as "Of the Father's Love Begotten." Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 48 New Canaan Road, Wilton CT 06897 (View flier)

iCal 8:00 PM. Music on the Hill Festival Chorus [CT]: Friday Evening Baroque with Music on the Hill. An evening of baroque music for chorus, harpsichord, and strings, led by Artistic Director Ellen Dickinson. Francesco Durante: Magnificat; works by Telemann, Buxtehude, and others. The Music on the Hill Festival Chorus and a small vocal ensemble, performing sometimes together, sometimes as two choirs, and sometimes independently, with period violinist Daniel Lee and friends. The concert showcases a replica 1584 Hans Moermans harpsichord donated to Music on the Hill in 2015. Wilton Presbyterian Church, 48 New Canaan Road, Wilton CT 06897 (View flier)

iCal 7:30 PM. Music on the Hill [CT]: Threads of Light: A Tapestry of African-American Spirituals. The Festival Chorus and the Special Projects Choir of the Unitarian Church in Westport premiere a new work by artistic director Ellen Dickinson: Threads of Light, which weaves together over thirty spirituals, including familiar songs ("Deep River" and "My Lord, What a Morning") and others less often heard. With Harriett Alfred, soprano; Edward Pleasant, bass; trumpet, upright bass, and bells; and special guests reading poetry by African-American poets. Free admission; tickets may be reserved on the website or by phone. Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk CT 06851 (View flier)

iCal 7:30 PM. Music on the Hill Festival Chorus [CT]: Sounds of the Season: Music on the Hill Christmas Concert. A traditional Christmas concert featuring classic carols from around the world, including "Nigerian Christmas Song" by Wendell Whalum and "Rejoice!" by local composer Gwyneth Walker. The Jubilate Ringers will premiere artistic director Ellen Dickinson's new suite of American carols arranged for double bell choir. St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 36 New Canaan Road, Wilton CT 06897 (View flier)

iCal 3:00 PM. Music on the Hill Festival Chorus [CT]: Music of Mozart and Haydn. W.A. Mozart: Missa brevis in F; F.J. Haydn: "Little Organ Mass". With violin, cello, and Ellen Dickinson, organist. Artistic Director David H. Connell conducts. Tickets: $25/door; $20 in advance online or at tickets@musiconthehillct.org. Wilton Presbyterian Church, 48 New Canaan Road, Wilton CT 06897 (View flier)

iCal 3:00 PM. Music on the Hill Festival Chorus [CT]: The Power of Song. Stylistically diverse selections, from English madrigals to Sweet Honey In The Rock, that is sure to move and inspire. Artistic Directors: David H. Connell and Ellen Dickinson. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door; students are free. Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport CT 06897 (View flier)


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