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Now Winter Nights: Carols by Candlelight – Early Music by the Riverview Consort

December 18, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Carols by Candlelight

Join the Riverview Consort for this delightful performance of Christmas favorites and forgotten gems in the magical acoustic of the 1867 Sanctuary.

The Riverview Consort (Abigail Chapman, soprano; John Burkhalter, recorders; and John Lacombe, lutes with guest percussionist Peter Gregory) will take your breath away with hauntingly beautiful melodies from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, as well as delicate arrangements of more modern favorites. From familiar tunes like “What Child is This?” (originally the lute-song “Greensleeves”) to lesser known songs like “Now Winter Nights” (originally published in 1617, but possibly your new favorite holiday song), this sublime evening in the candlelit 1867 Sanctuary is sure to be the perfect escape from seasonal hustle and bustle.

The program includes authentic performances of:

Of the Father’s heart begotten
Plainchant, 10th century

Good Christian men, rejoice
Germany, ca. 1400

Personent hodie
Germany, 1360

Good King Wenceslas
13th c.

16th c. or earlier

Or nous dites Marie
France, ca. 1515

Chantons je vous prie
France, ca. 1520

What child is this?
England, late 16th c.

Boar’s Head Carol
England, published 1521

Coventry Carol
England, 15th c.

Es ist ein’ Ros’
Germany, 1599

Maria durch ein Dornwald ging
Germany, 16th c.

Wexford Carol
Ireland, 12th c. ?

Dutch Carol (A child is born in Bethlehem)
Netherlands, 1599

O heyligh zaligh Bethlehem (O holy blessed Bethlehem)
Jacob Van Eyck, 1644

Tous les bourgeois de Châtre
France, collected early 20th c.

Quoi, ma voisine, és-tu fâchée?
Pierre Binard, 1678

Bring a torch, Jeanette, Isabella
France, 16th c. or earlier

Lute-Book Lullaby
England, publ. by William Ballet ca. 1600

Now winter nights
Thomas Campion, 1617

The Holly and the Ivy
England, collected 1909

I wonder as I wander
John Jacob Niles, 1933

Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
England, Collected and publ. 1833

Abigail Chapman is a versatile light lyric soprano who sings music ranging from 12th-century chant to compositions written today. While she performs music from all periods and has sung in a variety of musical styles, she is best known for her work in early music, her performances of 20th and 21st century music, and her creative song recitals. Ms. Chapman holds an MM in Voice from The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. A current resident of Yardley, PA and a proud native of Damariscotta, Maine, she has also lived and sung in and around New York City, Philadelphia, Denver, and Baltimore, and has performed elsewhere around the United States, as well as in Germany, Japan, and New Zealand.

John Burkhalter, recorders, studied the performance of early music at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston under Daniel Pinkham and the performance of Baroque music at Harvard University under Dutch recorder virtuoso, scholar, and conductor Frans Bruggen. In addition, he received valuable instruction from the distinguished Swiss Baroque oboist and recorder virtuoso Michel Piguet. A founding member of The Practitioners of Musick, Mr. Burkhalter has also performed with Le Triomphe de l’amour, Brandywine Baroque, the Princeton University early music group Early Music Princeton, La Fiocco, and Les Agréments de musique. He regularly performs in various English Country Dance Bands in association, most notably, with the Germantown Colonial Assembly of Philadelphia and New York City’s 92nd Street Y.

John Lacombe performs on historical plucked string instruments from the renaissance and baroque eras. Hailing from Buffalo, New York he studied historical musicology at SUNY Buffalo and has studied lute with Pat O’Brien, Dan Swenberg, and Richard Stone. He currently lives in Washington Crossing, PA and has performed with various period instruments ensembles, collaborated frequently with singers on lute-song repertory, and participated in educational panels and lecture-recitals to discuss musical culture in the renaissance and today. His interests include helping people find a personal connection with music regardless of the era or style, homebrewing, and pop-up books.

Peter Gregory trained at The Berklee College of Music in Boston before moving to New York City in 1985. In NYC, he worked with such artists and ensembles as Ralph Towner, Bo Diddley, The Drifters, The Ink Spots, The Marvelettes, The Coasters, The Crystals, Candido Camero, Gary U.S. Bonds, and The Big Apple Circus. In addition to teaching privately, from 1991 to 2000 he was a percussion instructor at The Juilliard School with the Music Advancement Program, a program dedicated to bringing music to inner-city children. In 2006, Peter moved back to his native Denver, Colorado, where he played with Richie Cole, Nelson Rangell, and other jazz and blues artists. He also played for the 2012 production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. In 2016 Peter launched Gregory Tech Drum Center, a state-of-the-art drum teaching and recording studio in Yardley, PA.

To Purchase Tickets

  • $20 for General Admission
  • $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary
  • $5 for School and College students with ID
  • $15 per person for Groups of 10 or more**

Tickets can be purchased online or reserved at the box office for payment by cash, check or credit card by calling 609-392-6409 or emailing 1867sanctuary@preservationnj.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door as space allows. (Sorry – we don’t mail tickets. Tickets will be held at the box office and a receipt will be emailed if purchased online.)

**GROUP RATES (10 or more people). Group rates apply only to advance online sales and must be purchased in quantities of 10 or more within a single purchase. Group rate tickets cannot be purchased at the box office prior to the concert.

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December 18, 2017
8:00 pm
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1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
101 Scotch Road + Google Map