Join Us for EMMANUEL!
Music Celebrating the Birth
The time is fast approaching for EMMANUEL! – our 2016 holiday series of concerts! The concerts center on just some of the many names this child born in Bethlehem has been called. From Biblical narratives to Hebrew Bible prophesy to various carol traditions, the naming of this child has taken dozens of forms. In the choral world, ‘Wonderful Counselor; Mighty God; Everlasting Father; Prince of Peace’ are so familiar from Handel’s ever popular oratorio, MESSIAH.
In this powerful and beautiful program we encounter these names and phrases for Jesus: The One, Christ the Lord, Savior, Light born of Light, redeemer of the world, Love, Christ, King, God’s Son, Jesus Christ, blessed Messiah, Sir Christemas, princely Babe, Sweet Jesus, Lord of Life, little tiny child and, of course, Emmanuel (God with us).
The music that accompanies these names is every bit as varied as the names themselves. Also, in this program, we explore one of our choral fascinations: the varied way in which different choral composers express the very same text. So, we contrast three settings of the ancient Hodie, Christus Natus Est and three settings of the mysterious O Nata Lux. While we do dip our choral toes into the water of the Renaissance era, the lion’s share of this program is taken from music of our own time, from Spain, Ireland, England, and Wales, with a good dose of living American composers.
Don’t miss this celebration of the Christmas season! With concerts in York, Wyomissing and Lancaster, you can choose the venue that suits your schedule. Tickets are available in the sidebar to the right, or at our Tickets page. We hope to see you soon!
We are so deeply grateful to all who donated to the Wheatland Chorale on the recent Extraordinary Give! Your gifts help us to sustain our mission to promote and perpetuate choral music through excellence in performance. Thank you!
…not a single ordinary moment…
Escape from the ordinary with a performance by the Wheatland Chorale. Known throughout the region for its “shimmering” sound, with artistic director, Eric R. Riley, “…this ensemble has reached new heights of artistry.”
The 46 singers of the Wheatland Chorale create a huge variety of color and texture, from thundering fortissimos to whisper quiet pianissimos; from the clear, lean voice-leading of Renaissance polyphony to the thick, tight harmonies of modern choral textures.
Named one of the ten best in Berks County music and dance, recent concert review quotes from the Reading Eagle include: stunningly performed…exuding pure joy…heart-wrenching…more loveliness…full of character…a constant surprise and delight…clouds of sound…as delicate as the colors of a sunrise in midwinter…at times spine-tingling…performed in a way that expressed every emotion…This group never ceases to amaze me with their excellence. There was not a single ordinary moment in this program.
See the sidebar to the right for performance dates and venues. Tickets may be purchased by calling the toll free number (800) 838-3006, by clicking the “Purchase Tickets” links in the sidebar (available Feb, 2016), or at the door.