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Musical diversity at holiday concert

By Liz Stone

December brings the 10th annual concert of the San Miguel Singers, a group of people who gather weekly at the home of their director, Liz Stone, to make music together.

Holiday Concert
Fri, Dec 13, 5pm
St. Paul’s Church
Cardo 6
More info: 154-8239

For the second year they will be joined by a handbell choir and a recorder consort. This will be an unusual opportunity to hear handbells, which will accompany the choir and some soloists as well as play a variety of pieces.

Handbells are an unusual instrument in which each player must play only a part of the piece. The movement has been compared to “a dance for the arms,” and how you play is almost as important as what you play. The bells themselves belong to St. Paul’s Church, and we are grateful for permission to use them over the last few years.

The recorder consort consists of four sizes of instruments, showing off the diversity of this ancient instrument. During its heyday in the Renaissance, many wonderful pieces were written for it by such people as William Byrd, Frescobaldi and Gibbons which will be heard that evening. The group will finish with a medley of Christmas carols, ending with Jingle Bells in which the audience may of course join in.

Although the concert will consist largely of Christmas music, the chorus will also perform some songs just for fun. The concert is free. However, a free will offering will be taken to support ALMA, the home for the elderly. We will donate this in the name of Rosalie Gower, a former singer with the group and volunteer at ALMA who sadly died this year.

Over the years the Singers have given concerts to benefit many San Miguel institutions, among them Hospice San Miguel, the orphanage on Sollano, and ALMA. We sing for the seniors at ALMA several times each year.

Photo by Chuck Rubin


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