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On Sunday, May 15, at 4:00 p.m., Charis Chamber Voices returns to our Sanctuary to present Spring Canticles, a program centered on classic choral works by Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms. Charis Artistic Director Jeremy Wiggins, Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of Choral Activities at Western Connecticut State University, will conduct; our own Terence J. Flanagan will accompany on piano.

The concert celebrates the rejuvenation of the earth, the reincarnation of the spirit, and stories of deliverance. The program features an interlacing set of renaissance and contemporary pieces by Farmer, Pilkington, Mulholland, Hagenberg, and others, paired with the stunning setting of Brahms’s Schicksalslied (“Song of Destiny”). Lastly, they will honor the Passover themes of strength, hope, and triumph, with music by Thompson and Stroope, ending with the dramatic retelling of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt in Schubert’s Mirjams Siegesgesang (“Miriam’s Victory Song”).

Soprano Joanna Mongiardo will be guest soloist in the Schubert. Ms. Mongiardo has been acclaimed for her opera and oratorio performances throughout the world. She brings a “voice of impressive size and warmth” to one of the composer’s most brilliant and demanding soprano roles.

Charis is an auditioned chorus of 30 men and women from Westchester County, NY, and Fairfield County, CT. Founded in 1994, the group is renowned for its diverse repertoire, unique blend of voices, and captivating performances.

A wine and hors d’oeuvres reception will follow each concert. Tickets are $25 ($20 for seniors and $15 for students). They may be purchased in advance through the Charis website,, or at the door.

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