ROOT COUNTY – The Choral Arts Society of Southeastern Wisconsin will be making their long-awaited return to in-person concerts with the perennial favorite program called “Lessons and Carols”.
CAS will have two performances – at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 17, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 305 S. First St. in Waterford, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 19, at First Presbyterian Church, 715 College Ave., Root. Masks will be compulsory.
Audiences will be invited to listen to inspiring music, including familiar Christmas carols such as “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” the jazz-inspired “Evening Prayer” by the popular contemporary composer. Ola Gjeilo, starring Patricia Backhaus and Patricia Badger on trumpet, and an ethereal staging of William Blake’s poem “The Lamb” by British composer John Tavener.
The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols had its premiere at Kings College, Cambridge in 1818 and has become a beloved tradition around the world.
Advance tickets cost $ 15 ($ 12 for seniors) and are available at Personal Touch Florists, 5445 Spring St., online at choralartsonline.org or by calling 262-634-3250. Tickets cost $ 2 more at the door. Student tickets cost $ 5.