The Madrigal Singers will present their annual Holiday Concert, 800 Years of Christmas, on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at Our Lady of Mount Virgin Roman Catholic Church, 600 Harris Avenue, Middlesex, New Jersey at 4 p.m. The program will be repeated on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church, One East Broad Street, in Westfield, New Jersey at 4:00 p.m. General admission, available at the door, is $15; admission for students and seniors is $10.
The program will include works spanning eight centuries, including Viderunt Omnes by the early 13th century composer Perotin and A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten, whose centennial is being celebrated this year. Works by Palestrina, Josquin Des Prez, Tomas Luis de Victoria and Ralph Vaughan Williams, will be featured, as well as traditional Christmas carols and readings.
The Madrigal Singers is an a capella choral group specializing in Mediaeval and Renaissance music. The group, founded in 1948, is currently in under the direction of John Sichel, and is comprised of sopranos Martha Desmond, Heather Keith, Pam Newell and Amy Wechsler; altos Donna Brumbaugh, Roberta Lichtenberg, Jennifer Melick and Sarah Riffel; tenors Tim Brown, Richard DeVany, Christopher Ferro, Gustavo Sanchez and Ian Schwartz; and basses Gregory Hartline, Kirk Robbins and Gordon Rowan. Joining the Madrigal Singers on this program will be harpist Joanne Hansen. Kirk Robbins will perform the readings.