The holidays are the only time of the year when it’s appropriate to point at a dead plant and expect a kiss. Get in the holiday spirit with this GrouponLive deal to see this year’s Christmas with the Philadelphia Singers at the Church of the Good Samaritan in Paoli or St. Clement’s Church in Philadelphia. Choose from the following performances:
- Saturday, December 15, at 7:30 p.m., at the Church of the Good Samaritan
- Sunday, December 16, at 3 p.m., at St. Clement’s Church
- Sunday, December 16, at 6 p.m., at St. Clement’s Church<p>
- For $30, you get two tickets for the side section (up to a $60 value)
- For $35, you get two tickets for the rear-main section (up to a $70 value).<p>
For the Philadelphia Singers’ 40th Christmas concert, 20-year music director David Hayes has prepared a spirited evening of familiar carols and lesser-known compositions. After the traditional candlelight processional, the choir warms the cockles of listeners’ hearts with two English-language pieces, beginning with Gerald Finzi’s “In Terra Pax.” One of the last works Finzi wrote before his early death, “In Terra Pax” gracefully articulates the words to English poet laureate Robert Bridges’s Noel: Christmas Eve, 1913, first with a solemn baritone solo describing a snowy scene of frosted hills. The choir’s multiple layers of voices later join as the poem’s narrator hears music in the distance that reminds him of the Nativity story.
Afterward, the Philadelphia Singers lend their sterling pipes to James MacMillan’s “Magnificat.” Commissioned by the BBC to be the first choral evensong of the new millennium, the piece sets simple vocal melodies against strains of unconventional, almost avant-garde instrumental solos to create a haunting, yet hymn-like composition. At the end of the concert, audience members are encouraged to join in on cherished Christmas carols, spreading a warm, fuzzy feeling faster than an avalanche of Christmas stockings.