The Polymnia Choral Society’s Winter Concert, “Polar Landscape,” will be performed on December 2, 7:30 p.m., at the First Parish Congregational Church, 1 Church Street in Wakefield.
Music Director Murray Kidd has created a concert program of varied musical works from classical and pop genres with a recurring theme of peace, brotherhood, and love. Secular pieces by composers Bob Dylan, Brian Tate, and Gjeillo are balanced by songs more spiritual in tone, representing various religions and cultures, including “Hine Ma Tov,” “A Celtic Blessing,” “Non Nobis Domine,” and “Pie Jesu.”
Two soloists, bass-baritone Donald Wilkinson, and Kerrigan Bigelow, winner of Polymnia’s Spotlight on High School Talent will be featured. Donald Wilkinson will sing “Quia Fecit Mihi Magna” from Magnificat by J.S. Bach and “The Three Kings” by Peter Cornelius. Mr. Wilkinson has made a distinguished career as a soloist and conductor and performs in classical and contemporary operas, oratorios, and recitals. Donald Wilkinson has appeared with the symphony orchestras of Boston, Pittsburg, Jacksonville, Springfield, Portland (ME), and Vermont, and has been praised by The New York Times for his “outstanding solo work.”
Kerrigan Bigelow has been singing since she was a little girl. She plays the piano and the organ and is now the assistant music minister to two youth choirs and a high school soloist for the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston. Kerrigan has placed with distinction in several competitions in addition to Polymnia’s Spotlight on High School Talent. Recently, she participated in the Washington National Youth Opera program as well as the Cremona Music Festival in Italy. Her solo pieces for the “Polar Landscape” program include “Pie Jesu” by Andrew Lloyd Webber and “Only In Sleep” by Eriks Ešenvalds.
In addition to serious and sacred works, “Polar Landscape” will delight one and all with joyful music appropriate to the season of fun and surprise. Rather than ending the concert with a traditional Carol Sing, the audience will be encouraged to participate with the chorus for several well-known carols interspersed among other works on the program.
A Day of Holiday Spirit!
On the afternoon of December 2nd, the town of Wakefield will celebrate the season with its Holiday Stroll. Activities abound, including a Chili Contest, a Hat Parade with the Wakefield High School Marching Band, Horse-Drawn Carriages, and many surprises for children as well.
Start your afternoon in Wakefield Square for fun, food, and shopping and end it at First Parish Congregational Church (The Stone Church by the lake) with an evening of music from the lighthearted to the sublime.
Concert Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $15 for students, $5 for children under 12 and are available at Miter Biter Frame Company, 479 Main Street, Melrose; Smith’s Drug Store, 390 Main Street, Wakefield; or at www.polymnia.org