Choral Arts Society presents ‘Lessons & Carols’ concert

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ROOT — The Choral Arts Society of Southeastern Wisconsin (CAS) will present its 30th annual “Lessons & Carols” concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 9 at First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave.

For 30 years, people have returned again and again to experience the hope, joy, wonder, love and peace of the Christmas story. This year’s presentation will feature selections with American connections. Old and new songs combined with traditional readings take us from creation to prophecy, birth, the journey of the wise and the mystery of incarnation. Attendees are invited to listen, sing and share in the holiday spirit as CAS honors this revered tradition of song and spoken word.

This program will feature the music of American composers and poets. American composers Randall Thompson, Paul Manz, plus a gospel presentation by the duo of Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory, will bring a unique local flavor to this traditional English presentation. Familiar vocals will be revamped by the innovative Jackson Berkey, arranger and keyboardist of the famous Manheim Steamroller.

“I love the Lessons and Carols program,” said CAS Founding Member Win Germanotta. “This year’s musical selections with so many American composers give this cherished Christmas tradition a special flavor. It’s always moving to hear the Christmas story intertwined with music that brings out another level of meaning to those familiar words. Germanotta sang with CAS for over 35 years.

Advance tickets are $18 or $16 for seniors; $2 more at the door. Children’s tickets are $7. Advance tickets are available at Personal Touch by Julie Florist or online at choralartsonline.org.

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