The Southern Delaware Choral Society will present its winter concerts Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9. The program, A Holiday Voyage, features music from around the world and will be conducted by Ann Freeman, narrated by Roo Brown and accompanied by Rebecca McDaniel on keyboards.
“Initially some of us wondered if we were up to the challenge of learning these songs because they were in unfamiliar languages - Chinese, Hebrew and Norse languages among them.” said Gail Launay, executive director of SDCS, “Then we started singing them, and the songs are so beautiful that the words just seem to come naturally. Our audiences are just going to have a great time listening to them!”
Brown has created a special a cappella arrangement of American holiday songs including "Winter Wonderland," "Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town" and "The Christmas Song" ("Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire") that will be performed by the chorus during the program.
Brown is a narrator, arranger and conductor who lives in Lewes, where she has retired following an active career as an actress, song stylist and composer in New York. Locally, she leads and arranges for the singing groups Elder Moments and Mixed Blessings. Recently, she received the American A Cappella Alliance’s Pan Award for her major involvement in a cappella music.
The Dec. 8 concert will be held at 3 p.m. at Woodbridge High School in Bridgeville, and the Dec. 9 concert will be held at 3 p.m. at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes.
Tickets for both performances are available at 302-396-7617, southerndelawarechoralsociety.org, and at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach and Puzzles in Lewes. Cost for the tickets is $20 adults, $8 for students with valid ID.