Local singing groups join up for Christmas concert

Published 9:12 am Monday, December 14, 2015

JOHNSON CITY – Appalachian Men’s Ensemble (AMEn) and Cantemus Women’s Choir will present “Christmas in the Air” on Friday, December 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church, 201 E Market St, Johnson City.
The concert will feature performances of both familiar Christmas tunes and original compositions that celebrate the season. AMEn and Cantemus will perform separately and combine for several pieces. Highlights include excerpts from Ralph Vaughan Williams “Hodie,” as well as arrangements of “The Holly and the Ivy” by Ola Gjeilo, and “Ding Dong Merrily On High” by Mack Wilberg, accompanied by four-hand piano. The program is rounded out with sing-along carols accompanied by guest organist, Matthew Brickey.
AMEn is an all-male vocal ensemble of auditioned voices from throughout the greater Tri-Cities area. AMEn’s programming and presentation of music is vast and varied, featuring a capella pieces, accompanied songs, pop arrangements, and classical works from a variety of cultures. AMEn was founded in the fall of 2013. Dr. Alan Stevens is the artistic director.
Cantemus (Latin for “Let us sing”) was founded in summer 2014 and is composed of experienced female singers from the Tri-Cities area. The ensemble is dedicated to exploring the beauty and versatility of music written and arranged for women’s voices, with a goal to provide talented women with exceptional musical and interpersonal experiences. Patty Denmark is the artistic director.
The concert has a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, contact AMEn at AppalachianMensEnsemble@gmail.com. Concert updates and additional information about each ensemble can be found at: www.Facebook.com/AMEnEnsemble www.Facebook.com/CantemusWomensChoir.

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