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Wilmington Choral Society HOLIDAY Concert    

The Wilmington Choral Society invites you to ring in the season with a Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. in Cape Fear Community College’s new Humanities and Fine Arts Center, 700 North Third Street in downtown Wilmington. This is the second of three concerts in the Society's 65th Anniversary Season 2015-16.

Entitled“….And a Partridge in a Pear Tree,” the program promises to be a wonderful feel-good afternoon for audience members of all ages. Opening with Franz Joseph Haydn’s “The Heavens are Telling” from his masterful oratorio The Creation, the 100-voice chorus follows with favorite songs and carols celebrating winter, Christmas and Chanukah.

Highlights of the program include the perennial holiday favorite “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson, and three songs and arrangements by British choral composer John Rutter, described by world famous organist and composer Sir David Willcocks as “the most gifted composer of his generation.” These carols are “Blow, blow, thou Winter Wind,” (based on text by William Shakespeare in the final scene of ACT II of As You Like it), “Star Carol,” and “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

The Choral Society also welcomes the 70-voice Girls’ Choir of Wilmington to the stage for a portion of the program. “What's also special about this program is our teaming up with the Girls' Choir of Wilmington and their Director Sandy Errante,” says Paula Brinkman, musical director and conductor of the Choral Society. “I've been trying to do this for a couple of years now, and we finally have a facility that will accommodate both groups.”

 The Girls’ Choir of Wilmington, formed in 1997, is a community-based choir of about 75 girls ages 9 and older representing a cross-section of the population of the Lower Cape Fear Area. Since its inception, the choir has maintained an active profile, performing concerts and participating in events throughout Wilmington.  It has toured in the Carolinas, Virginia, and Washington DC, including a prestigious performance at the National Cathedral.

 Brinkman adds, “For me, it is just delightful to work once again with the young voices that I spent so much time with during my teaching career. You never get over that sound! It's very special!”

 Other songs performed include “Carols Around (and a Round)” arranged by Carl J. Nygard, Jr., “Light the Legend, A Song for Chanukah” by Michael Isaacson, “For him all stars have shone,” by Bob Chilcott, and“My Dancing Day” a traditional English Carol arranged by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw.

 Tickets are $12 for adults and just $5 for young people age 17 and under.   Audience members are also encouraged to bring a donation or non-perishable food item to the concert to be delivered to the Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard Food Pantry. 

Parking: CFCC's parking deck is $5 per vehicle. Public parking on the street  is free on Sundays.

Enjoy '....and a Partridge in a Pear Tree'!

Buy Tickets for ' ...And a Partridge in a Pear Tree' on our website via the link below for the Cape Fear Community College Humanities and Fine Arts Center Box Office


The Wilmington Choral Society, founded in 1950 as the Wilmington Oratorio Society, is dedicated to high performance standards in presenting master works of choral literature, as well as a variety of contemporary selections. We have established ourselves as an integral part of the area’s cultural community, as well as community outreach in the form of annual music scholarships and donations to Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard food bank. In the past two years, the Society has grown from 50 to 108 voices hailing from New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick Counties.


Our Mission Statement:

The Wilmington Choral Society is dedicated to the goals of engaging, educating and supporting the greater Cape Fear Community through the vehicle of music. We strive to further the appreciation and love of choral music and to financially support worthwhile charities though the presentation of traditional masterworks and contemporary music.