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Concord Women's Chorus Brings Rare Eighteenth-Century Work to Light

A rare eighteenth-century chamber work written for women's voices, string quartet and organ is the centerpiece of "Winter's Promise," the annual holiday concert of the Concord Women's Chorus (CWC) on Saturday, December 21, at 3 p.m. At Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord.

The program features Baldassare Galuppi's singular piece, "Dixit Dominus," as well as a variety of seasonal works, including Faure's "Tantum Ergo," Elgar's beloved "The Snow," and Gjeilo's haunting and ethereal "Tundra." Tickets, which are available at www.concordwomenschorus.org, are$25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors, and $5 for children 12 and under. Advance purchase is recommended, due to high ticket demand for this holiday concert. The program concludes with an audience carol sing and a reception.

Accoding to Artistic Director Jane Ring Frank, now in her twenty-first season with CWC, "Women's choruses were almost unheard of in Italy during the 1700s. We are thrilled to share 'Dixit Dominus' with our audience this year and delighted to have a first-rate string quartet joining us."

String players performing with the chorus include Beth Welty, violin; Karen Oosterbaan, violin; Noralee Walker, viola; and Johann Soults, cello. Celebrated Boston-based pianist Scott Nicholas will accompany the chorus on piano and organ.

CWC, now in the midst of its fifty-fourth season, consists of fifty-five singers from Concord and twenty surrounding communities. The chorus performs music written for women's voices and has a special mission of keeping this music alive on the concert stage. Further information about CWC can be found on its website, www.concordwomenschorus.org

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