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Chamber Singers and Concert Choir Perform Holiday Songs

KEENE, N.H. 11/12/02 - The Keene State College Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, conducted by Professor Carroll Lehman, will present a holiday music program featuring Midnight Mass for Christmas by Marc Antoine Charpentier on Friday, Dec. 6. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Recital Hall of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for KSC students, senior citizens, and youth age 17 or younger. Call the box office at 603-358-2168.

The 30-voice Chamber Singers will perform Messe de Minuit pour Noël (Midnight Mass for Christmas) with KSC faculty members Joseph Darby, viola, Don Baldini, double-bass, and George Loring, organ; guest cellist Sabine Rhyne; students Elizabeth Munger and Kaitlin Crean, violins, and Ashley Crawford and Leah Kisselbrack, flutes. Vocal soloists will be Curtis Adamson, Jenny Beauregard, Patrick Crawley, Erin Dineen, Emily Holland, Stephanie Hurley, Jason Spahn, Alissa Szymcik, and Mark Wilson.

The 20-voice all-female Concert Choir will sing the Spanish carol A la nanita nana; the Christmas lullaby Sleep, Holy Babe; and The Snow, a song by Edward Elgar. KSC artist-in-residence George Loring, piano, and student violinists Elizabeth Munger and Kaitlin Crean will accompany the Concert Choir.

Both the Concert Choir and the Chamber Singers will perform A Ceremony of Carols by English composer Benjamin Britten. They will be accompanied by harpist Kathleen Lyon. Vocal soloists will be Jenny Beauregard, Jessica Corso, Erin Dineen, Stephanie Hurley, Anne McCarthy, and Alissa Szymcik.

Professor Lehman, a member of the Keene State faculty since 1978, also is the conductor and music director of the Monadnock Chorus and Orchestra in Peterborough. In 1984, Lehman formed the Oratorio Society, which has performed many major choral masterworks with orchestra including the Verdi, Mozart, and Brahms requiems and Beethovens Ninth Symphony.

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