By Amy Kalina
The Saint Mary’s University Women’s Choir, Concert Choir and Chamber Singers performed “Lessons & Carols” at the Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels on the evening of Dec. 1.
The annual holiday concert featured a variety of Christmas songs sung by each of the individual choirs. The “carols” encompassed various “lessons” that were read between songs, illustrating the connecting messages of each carol.
The concert featured music derived from many different cultures, including Polish, French, Irish and German traditions. A unique piece performed by the Concert Choir was “Ríu Ríu Chíu,” attributed to Mateo Flecha El Viejo, which offered a Spanish flavor to the festivities.
Also noteworthy was “Her kommer dine arme smaa,” composed by J.A.P. Schultz and performed by the Women’s Choir. A Dutch carol which translates to “Here Come Your Little Poor Ones,” this performance contributed to the international holiday zest of the concert.
In spite of inclement weather, the show brought Christmas cheer and holiday lessons to all in attendance.