The Bach and Handel Chorale opens its 29th season with a series of Christmas concerts.
The first concert will take place at 3 p.m., Dec. 1, in historic St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 21 Race St., Jim Thorpe. This concert will feature two chorale members as soloists: soprano Angela Mosley and baritone Edward Sayre.
Mosley opens the concert with "Once in Royal David's City" by Henry Gauntlett as the chorale joins her and processes into St. Mark's. Sayre provides the baritone solo for "Gesu Bambino (The Infant Jesus)" by Pietro A. Yon.
In addition, Sophia Samoleski, piano student of Maestro Randall D. Perry, chorale artistic director, and voice student of Joel Sager, joins the chorale at St. Mark's only for the soprano solo in "Morning Star, O Cheering Sight" by Francis Florentine Hagen.
Other selections include Giovanni Pergolesi's "Glory to God in the Highest;" "There Is a Flower Springing," a German song arranged by Perry; "Herrscher des Himmels, erhore das Lallen" (from The Christmas Oratorio BVW 248) by Johann Sebastian Bach; and "Hallelujah Chorus" from "Messiah" by George Frideric Handel.
The audience will be invited to join the chorale in singing some traditional carols.
Two more concerts are scheduled. The first will be at 3 p.m., Dec. 8, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 106 Main St., Ringtown, (570) 889-5203; and 3 p.m., Dec. 9, at St. Paul's UCC, 1249 Trexlertown Rd., Trexlertown, (610) 395-4571.
Tickets are available for the St. Mark's concert (children 10 and under are free) in Jim Thorpe at Dimmick Memorial Library, 62 Broadway; Naturally Yours, 103 Broadway; or by mail at the Bach and Handel Chorale Office, 810 Carbon Ave., Jim Thorpe.