Concord Chorale will sing in the season with its annual holiday concert on Saturday and Sunday lead by its new music director.
Jenny Cooper will lead the choir in “O Sing Joyfully,” a program that focuses on the Christmas story and the communal joy shared during the season.
“While wonderfully festive, it has a deeper purpose of connecting us to one another and deepening both the singers’ and audience’s awareness of our connectedness,” Cooper said in a statement.
The concert will include the works “The Christmas Alleluias” by Kim Andrew Amesen, “O Sing Joyfully” by Adrian Batten, “Let There Be Peace on Earth” arranged by Keith Christopher, “Make We Joy Now in This Fest” by Matthew Culloton, “In Terra Pax, Op. 39” by Gerald Finzi, “Carols of the British Isles” arranged by Mark Hayes and “The Song We Sing” by Jacob Narverud.
Several of the pieces look at the season through the eyes of poets: “The Christmas Alleluias” draw from Euan Tait and “In Terra Pax” from Robert Bridges.
Cooper, a singer in the Chorale prior to becoming its leader, is the director of music at Lawrence Academy and music director of the Acton Community Chorus. She also co-founded with AJ Coppola the New Hampshire Master Choral Children’s Chorus Festival.
Showtimes will be Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m. at South Congregational Church in Concord. Tickets are $20 general admission, $25 seniors for advance sales, which increase $5 at the door. Students are admitted free and should not get tickets in advance.
Tickets and more information are available at concordchorale.org or at Gibson’s Bookstore or Merrimack County Savings Bank.