Sunday concert is open to the public
MENOMINEE — The West Shore Chorale, under the direction of UW-Marinette Associate Professor of Music David Giebler, presents “A German Christmas” at Holy Spirit Church, 1016 10th Ave, on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. The main work on this program will be Franz Schubert’s “Mass in G” with solos by soprano Kendra Krouth, tenor Thomas Schwaba and baritone Paul Okray. James Martell will accompany the choir at the organ along with violinists Barb Akins and Susan Thornton, violist Pat Troutt and cellist Mary Ellen Kozak-Krawczyk.
Also on the program will be Cyndee Giebler’s arrangement of “Leise Rieselt der Schnee (Gently Falls the Snow),” which is a popular carol in Germany during the weeks leading to Christmas. A special Christmas piece sung by Volga Germans titled “Hodie Christus Natus Est (Today Christ Is Born)” will also be heard.
The remainder of the program will offer arrangements sung in English, German and Latin of well-known German melodies and carols like the 15th century tune “In Dulci Jubilo” and Michael Praertorius’ “Psallite” from the late renaissance era. More modern works will include an arrangement by Ruth Elaine Schram of “O Come, Little Children” with “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “How Great Our Joy” by Craig Courtney based upon the traditional tune by Jungst.
A free-will offering will be accepted to help with the costs of the concert as well as to benefit the Holy Spirit Church.