By Timothy Graul
The Peninsula Singers will perform their 37th annual Christmas concerts at the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church on Saturday evening, December 10, at 7:00 PM; and again at the Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek at 3:00 PM on Sunday afternoon December 11.
Artistic Director Merle Colburn opens this year’s concert with the rousing The Sleigh, by Richard Kountz, contrasted by Winter’s Heart by Mark Hayes, then Linda Spevacek’s And the Angels Sing. The Shepherd’s Chorus from “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Gian Carlo Menotti showcases the choir’s male soloists, while John Leavitt’s Cantata “Hodie” includes the beautiful O Magnum Mysterium sung by the women. Assistant Artistic Director Martha Ranek leads Keep Your Lamps, a spiritual arranged by Andre Thomas. The concerts will also include audience sing-alongs of familiar carols.
The Peninsula Singers have been rehearsing since September to bring their gift of choral music to the community. Contributions to support the non-profit organization are gratefully accepted.