No doubt you’ve been hearing holiday music since Black Friday … or maybe since Halloween*. People do get determined about their Christmas music this time of year. Not that there’s a thing wrong with that — hey, we’re a choir, we rarely object to good music! But the operative word is “good.” And not only can any piece of music be destroyed be repeat muzak, there’s only so many covers of Holly Jolly Christmas a body can take.
We recognize this. Which is why, as the choir that pushes the envelope and does good in the community, we are here to give you an alternative. Now, if you live in Northern Virginia, or really anywhere in the DC-metro region, you have an embarrassment of choral riches to pick from this holiday season. But really, you should come to ours. You know why? Because we’re going to present good holiday music, the kind that might take even you, our demonstrably discriminating audience, a bit by surprise.
As our artistic director Jennifer Rodgers Beach puts it in the program notes, the music at Welcome Yule! is going to be:
….the kind that conjures up a feeling that is getting rarer and rarer….yule logs and holly branches, deeps greens and browns and ruby red instead of sparkle and glitter, roaring fires and soothing music that you don’t dread being played around the clock!
Throughout rehearsal, Jen’s used the words “round” and “rich” to describe the music, which has the intricacy and deceptive sophistication that brings to mind The Kings Singers or the Cambridge College. The music is also relatively unknown, some as old as the 16th century. These are carols that you haven’t heard over and over again in the harsh, insistent, sparkle of the mall. And like us, you might be pleasantly surprised to discover that some of the melodies have lovely lyrics and arrangements — in some cases, many more than you’d think! It’s like the first time you found out that Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah had 80 verses, not just the 3 verses we know between KD Lang, Jeff Buckley, and Shrek…er, Rufus Wainwright.
(Us singing Hallelujah last season.)
And of course, no VCS holiday concert is complete without our now traditional cocoa and cookies reception after. So please do come for an afternoon of wonderful music, warmth, sweetness, and a great start to the holiday weekend!
Tickets to Welcome Yule are available online until 2 pm on show night, or at the door. (Seniors/Students $15, Adults $20, Families $35)
(* You haven’t? Really? Please tell us how you have accomplished this feature of sanity. Our entire musical kingdom for a moment of your zen. Maybe.)