Voices Chorale NJ Celebrates the Season
JAZZ AND MORE: Voices Chorale NJ, led by David A. McConnell, brings a varied program to Trinity Cathedral on December 16. (Photo by Mike Schwartz)
On Friday, December 16, at 7:30 p.m., Voices Chorale NJ (VCNJ) presents “Winterlight!” at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street. Artistic Director David A. McConnell conducts.
The program, which has a British focus, features selections from Ralph Vaughn Williams’ Folk Songs of the Four Seasons, plus works by jazz composer Will Todd: “Bring Light,” “A Boy was Born,” and three jazz carols. Todd will join VCNJ in concert.
Rounding out the program, diverse songs capturing the spirit and reflection of the winter holiday season, including, “We Are Where the Light Begins” with text by Jan Richardson.
English composer and pianist Todd composes for choral works large and small, opera, musical theater, orchestral works, jazz, and chamber works. His anthem, “The Call of Wisdom,” was performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration with a TV audience of 45 million people. His arrangement of “Amazing Grace” was performed at President Obama’s Inauguration Day prayer service in 2013 and as part of Nelson Mandela’s’ Thanksgiving Service.
Voices Chorale NJ is an auditioned intergenerational chorus with members from throughout central New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. Under the direction of McConnell, who assumed leadership in August of 2018, Voices Chorale NJ performed concerts in 2018 and 2019 and then again in 2021 and 2022.
Lyn Ransom founded Voices in 1987.
Tickets and Information for in-person and video streaming are available at Voiceschoralenj.org.