NCC choir sings holiday cheer

The NCC choir prepares for their holiday concert.

The NCC choir prepares for their holiday concert. Photo by Roy Cheung

By GABRIEL PATRILLO

On Tuesday, Dec. 8, Norwalk Community College will host its second annual Holiday Concert Performance in the Pepsi-Co Theater. NCC’s own Chorus will be performing, lead by Professor Sally Bell.

The show will be a banquet of song and dance, showcasing some of NCC’s best talent. Professor Bell has divided the concert into a full on feast; featuring hors d’oeuvres of Hebrew temple music including an excerpt from Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” and a Jewish folk song “Ner-li.” The latter will transition into the main course, an operetta entitled “Amahl and the Visitors” by John Carlo Menotti.

Not only is the concert a scrumptious compilation of musical munchies, it also tells a story.  Each set will lead into the next progressing through the chronological advancement of religion as told by the Bible and the transition from Jewish beliefs into Christianity.

“Amahl is the story of a desperately poor and crippled sheppard boy and his mother who are at the end of their ropes. They are visited by the three kings from the orient who are looking for a place to rest for the night. The mother and Amahl host the kings, inviting in their neighbors to bring food and drink for the kings, and a local shepherdess dances,” said Bell.

Following the operetta will be a delectable dessert of secular Christmas music such as “Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and the ever popular “Sleigh Ride”.

This will be NCC’s third concert and second holiday event,. Sally’s College Choir class is held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-4p.m. in E120. Anyone is welcome to join even those who are not enrolled in the class. Sally would also like to invite anyone interested to come take part in her spring performance of West Side Story. There will be no auditions, anyone who is interested is welcome.

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