December 11 – Winter Holiday Concert: “Long Ago and Far Away”

HSMF Chorus rehearsing for the Holiday ConcertThe Hot Springs Music Festival Chorus and Brass Ensemble, under the direction of Lynn Payette, will present the Festival’s first-ever, not-to-be-missed Winter Holiday Concert Sunday, December 11, 2011 beginning at 3:00 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church located at 228 Spring Street in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Lynn Payette is the newly appointed director of the Festival Chorus. Under her direction the chorus will perform a culturally varied program of holiday music and familiar favorites with unique musical twists including Andre Thomas’ arrangement of the spiritual “Keep Your Lamps,” Craig Courtney’s clever arrangement “A Musicological Journey Through the Twelve Days of Christmas,” and more.

The Festival Childrens Choir will join the Festival Chorus performing Dave and Iola Brubeck’s “God’s Love Made Visible.”

Sharing the program with the Festival Chorus, the newly formed Festival Brass Ensemble and friends will perform works by Giovanni Gabrielli, Morley Calvert, and a program of traditional and world holiday carols.

Instrumental musicians include Jay Payette, percussion; Shelley Martin, flute; John Briggs, piano; and Phil Heinemann, trumpet with Henderson State University brass faculty Jim Buckner, Jamie Lipton, Heather Thayer, and newly appointed General Director of the Hot Springs Music Festival Todd Cranson.

This Winter Holiday Concert marks the first of many musical collaborations between the Hot Springs Music Festival’s two newly appointed directors Lynn Payette and Todd Cranson. $5 student tickets are available, and general admission tickets are $10.

The Hot Springs Music Festival is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, and all proceeds from the concert benefit the HSMF Apprentice Scholarship Fund.

Advance purchase is recommended as seating is limited. Reserve your tickets now by calling the Music Festival office at 501.623.4763.