Sandwich Singers will present twice a concert of sacred and secular music of the season, at 7: 30 p.m. Wednesday, December 15 at the Tamworth Congregational Church, and at 7: 30 p.m. Sunday, December 19 at the Methodist Meeting House in Center Sandwich.
The Singers’ program will premiere Gloucestershire Hodie for Chorus, Horn, and Congregation, which, with a Messiah segment, will introduce to Carroll County two singers from PSU, mezzo Jennifer Fijal and baritone Dan Brevik. The Hornist is Ron Wold, who lives in Wonalancet and Boston. Also featured on the program are local favorites Ellen Farnum, Rebekah Pugh, and Nancy Read.
Sandwich Singers have gathered to prepare a Christmas concert every year since 19… “Well, we’re not quite sure anymore,” says current director Peggy Johnson. She remembers when, as a singer in the group, she took her infant daughter with her to rehearsals. "She's over thirty now."
“Several of the singers have been in the group since the beginning, but every year there is a new face or two,” says Johnson. “And now we also have new music.” She means brand new music. The last three years have included music arranged or written for the Singers by composition students at Plymouth State University, and their professor, Dr. Jonathan Santore. The commissions are supported by the Yeoman’s Fund for the Arts, whose mission is to include area residents across the ages in the creative process.
“This year’s commission is bigger than ever,” says Singers co-director and accompanist and arranger, Allan DiBiase. "Special care has been taken to include the audience as participants in the singing." The audience carol singing tradition of the Sandwich Singers holiday concerts is one that many residents consider the true beginning of the holiday season. This year that tradition has been expanded allowing the audience to more fully share in the creative process, creating a spirit of reflection, joy and peace during the performances.