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Laurentian Singers to Perform Two Holiday Concerts

The Laurentian Singers will perform their 18th-annual Holiday Concert and Carol Sing “A Gaelic and Gallic Christmas Garland,” featuring Irish, Scottish and its American derivative Appalachian along with French music for the season in Heuvelton on Dec. 8., and in Canton on Dec. 9.

The performances will feature flautist Laura Rediehs, professor of philosophy, playing Baroque and Irish flutes and the Laurentian Singers’ accompanist Barbara Phillips-Farley on keyboard. Several Laurentians will also be featured as soloists.

Songs will include the Irish “I Saw Three Ships,” “Wexford Carol,” “Wren Song” and “Once in Royal David’s City;” the Scottish and Appalachian “Rorate Coeli” (text by Renaissance Scottish poet William Dunbar), “I wonder as I wander,” “The Cherry Tree Carol” and “Drive the Cold Winter Away;” and, the French “Quittez pasteurs,” “Noël nouvelet,” and “Yver, vous n’estes qu’un villain” by Claude Debussy as well as two motets by Francis Poulenc.

The audience will be invited to join the Laurentian Singers in a carol sing to close both performances.

The Laurentian Singers will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8, at Pickens Hall in Heuvelton and again at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, in St. Lawrence University’s Gunnison Memorial Chapel. Both concerts are free of charge and open to all. A free will donation will be accepted at Pickens Hall.

For more information, contact the Department of Music at 315-229-5166.