The Lutheran A Cappella Choir of Milwaukee, now in its 78th season, presents its annual Christmas concerts on Friday, December 5th at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grafton, and again on Sunday, December 7th at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa. This year’s concerts will feature many unique arrangements of traditional Advent and Christmas carols accompanied by harp, featuring harpist Mary Keppeler. Among those selections will be a set by composer Kirke Mechem, “The Seven Joys of Christmas” including familiar carols such as “Patapan”, “Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine”, and “Din Don! Merrily on High”. We’ll end the first half with audience and choir joining in the singing of “Rejoice, Rejoice Believers”, accompanied by organ.
On the second half of the concert, three selections for harp and oboe, featuring oboist Rita Mitchell, will include two works by Stephen Paulus. One of them, an exciting setting of “The Holly and the Ivy”, was part of a set of three carols commissioned by the mother of choir member Emily Whitacre, in memory of her father. It is with great sadness that we share the news that Mr. Paulus recently passed away after suffering a stroke last year. Others in the set for harp and oboe include “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and “He is Born”.
Come and enjoy music of the holiday season as we share with you the “Glad Tidings of Great Joy”, celebrating the birth of our Savior. Tickets which are $15.00 general admission and $12.00 for seniors and students, may be purchased online or at the door. A reception will follow Sunday’s concert.