Cantemus, the region’s premiere women’s choral ensemble, will hold its Christmas concert, “A Rose in Winter”, at 7pm, December 11th.
The Sunday evening performance will take place at Waverly Presbyterian Church in Kingsport, and will include works by John Rutter, Randall Thompson, William Byrd, Randall Stroope and Craig Courtney. Capturing the gentle spirit of the season, several familiar ‘Rose carols”, including Lo How a Rose, December Rose and the Carol of the Rose, will be featured.
Now entering its third season, Cantemus – “Let us sing” – was started by Patricia Denmark, who is also Director of Music at St Christopher’s Episcopal Church. Denmark and the thirty women under her direction have quickly established themselves as “a wonderful addition to the Tri Cities arts community”, according to Dr David Hendricksen. The former long-time Director of the Civic Choral, Hendricksen notes the “high level of musical excellence” and the “camaraderie” among the singers. “They set a high bar with the very first program”, he says, “and have continued to raise it since.”
In addition to her musical leadership of Cantemus and at St Christopher’s, Denmark serves as Assistant Director in the Dobyns-Bennet High School Choral Department. “I was honored to learn the tricks of the trade singing under Robert Shaw, John Rutter and Andre Previn”, she says. Cantemus is accompanied by Erin Raines, a fine pianist and a 2013 graduate of Milligan College, who also played for the Milligan Concert Choir. Many of the singers in the group are, in fact, accomplished musicians in their own right.
The Concert is free, though donations are accepted with gratitude. For more information contact Patricia Denmark at firstname.lastname@example.org.