Old North Festival Chorus rehearsal set for Sept. 27

Maria van Kalken, director of the Old North Festival Chorus and Orchestra and minister of music at Old North Church, has announced registration and rehearsal details for the 43rd Annual Festival Chorus holiday concerts. All are welcome to join.

Rehearsals will begin Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the Old North Church. Registration starts at 7 p.m., followed by rehearsal at 7:30 p.m. Subsequent rehearsals will be from 7:30-9 p.m. on Wednesdays, extending to 9:30 p.m. as the concert dates near.

Two performances are scheduled: Saturday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. In her 35th season as director, van Kalken has planned a program featuring works including “Magnificat in D” and “Christus, Part 1” by Felix Mendelssohn, “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” by Ralph Vaughan Williams and other seasonal favorites.

Section leaders and soloists for the season include soprano Holly Cameron, mezzo-soprano Gabriela Fagen, tenor Kevin Hayden and baritone Andrew Scoglio.

As for COVID-19 protocols, van Kalken said, “We ask that all participants are vaccinated and bring proof of vaccination upon registration. Masks are not required but are welcomed. We’ll continue to practice social distancing during rehearsals.”

High school students in grades 9-12 are also encouraged to join. A nominal registration fee and sheet music purchase are required.

For more information, visit the Old North Festival Chorus website at oldnorthfestivalchorus.org.

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