Hudson Community Chorus presents Christmas in Vienna

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Hudson Community Chorus will present Christmas in Vienna, its 26th annual Holiday Concert on Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of First Congregational Church, Hudson. There is no cost for the concert featuring sacred works of Schubert, Mozart and Bruckner, thanks to the underwriting support of the Richard J. and Michelle A. Schultz Family Foundation..

The free concert coincides with the Hudson Merchant's annual Holiday Walk, and shoppers are invited to end their day with the sounds of the season and a reception afterward.

Under the direction of Nathan Duvuvuei and assisted by Jennifer Korecki, the 40-member chorus will be joined by a small chamber orchestra. The program will feature several soloists and a smaller vocal ensemble made up of chorus members. HCC draws volunteer singers from Hudson, Macedonia, Solon, Stow, Streetsboro, Twinsburg, Akron, Kent, Tallmadge and Brook Park.

Christmas in Vienna will include Schubert's Mass in G, Mozart's Regina Coeli, Laudate Dominum and Ave Maria, as well as Bruckner's Virga Jesse and Tota pulchra es Maria. Schubert, Mozart and Bruckner all composed in Vienna, and this concert was designed to highlight some of the best of Vienna's classical music. Composed in 1812, the Schubert Mass is the best known of his three shorter Masses. Regina Coeli and Ave Maria are two Mozart's settings inspired by Marian prayers. Bruckner, a former choir member and church organist, is credited with a large library of smaller sacred works including the two in this concert. In addition to these classical pieces, the chorus will perform several holiday favorites and invite the audience to sing along in a traditional carol fest.

Celebrating its 26th season in the area, HCC was founded by several Hudson residents. It is dedicated to excellence in singing through sharing, preserving and advancing the art of choral music in Northeast Ohio. All singers are welcome to join. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church, Hudson. A registered non-profit, HCC is governed by a volunteer board and supported by members, audiences, donors and area foundations. More information is available at www.hudsoncommunitychorus.org.

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