SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – The Children’s Chorus of Sussex County Concert Choir will join the Drew University Chorale & Choral Union in a performance of Benjamin Britten’s Saint Nicolas. The Concert entitled Benjamin Britten’s Saint Nicolas and Music for the Holidays Concert, will be held at the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Saturday, December 5th at 8:00 pm. Drew University is located on Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940. Tickets are available at $5.00 per person for general admission.
Benjamin Britten’s Saint Nicolas is a 50-minute dramatic cantata that tells the story of the real Saint Nicolas, who lived from 270-343 AD. Dr. Jason Bishop, Director of Choral Activities at Drew attended a rehearsal with the Children’s Chorus of Sussex County on Sunday, October 25th, to listen to and conduct the Concert Choir through the sections that Britten wrote for children to sing. Garrett Vanni will sing the role of Young Nicolas and Garrett will join with Corey Gerth and Adarsh Varghese to sing the roles of the Pickled Boys in the famous work.
The Concert Choir will join forces with the Drew University Choirs singing Dr. Bishop’s arrangement of The Little Drummer Boy as well as Jim Papoulis and Francisco Nunez, Sing For Peace and the familiar carol, O Come All Ye Faithful, arranged by David Willcocks. Each of the choirs will also sing a few selections of their own.
The Children’s Chorus of Sussex County serves school-aged children in and around Sussex County, New Jersey, by providing a comprehensive choral music program. This sequential program has two ensembles: Bella Voce for beginning and intermediate singers in grades 2 – 6, and Concert Choir for advanced singers in grades 7 – 12. The organization also features a beginning music experience, Musikgarten music class for children in kindergarten and first grade. The choirs perform in two annual concerts, and take advantage of different performing opportunities locally and regionally. The Concert Choir has also performed extensively throughout North America and Europe.
CCSC is grateful for the support it receives from the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council. To schedule an audition, or to find out more about the Children’s Chorus of Sussex County, call Deborah Mello at 973-670-4556 or visit www.ccscsings.org.