If you're like me, the holidays are a great time to reflect, looking backwards, and to look forwards into the future as the new year comes. Those of us on academic schedules find ourselves between semesters, winding down one term and getting ready to start another. It's a great time to examine what's old and what's new.
The Piae Cantiones is a collection of medieval Latin songs, published in 1582. Their origins come from across Europe, including influences from Finland, Sweden, and Germany. Many of the tunes from the original collection are still heard today. Our Bells of Christmas concert opens with four new settings of these ancient melodies, all of which you will likely recognize ("O Come, O Come Emmanuel" is one).
We move from new settings of old tunes to new settings of new tunes. New and original pieces for handbells, in addition to selections by Katy Perry and "Let It Go" from Disney's "Frozen" will be heard.
We move from old, to new, to borrowed next; pieces that are not originally for handbells, including selections from Messiah and The Nutcracker. And finally, if the pattern holds, we have old...new...borrowed... so of course we must finish with Blue (and White) Christmas.
We hope you'll join us this holiday season, for the Bells of Christmas.
Advance: Adult is $12; Student (16 & under) / Senior is $9
At the door: Adult is $15; Student (16 & under) / Senior is $12
Advance tickets will be available in December at Cool Beans Coffee Café, Ward-Brodt Music, Metcalfe's Market at Hilldale, and Orange Tree Imports.
Advance tickets may also be ordered:
"This is my favorite concert of the season! It's just full of joy, playfulness and fun!"
--B. O., Madison singer