Telluride Choral Society: WinterSing 2018, 12/7 & 12/9

Telluride Choral Society: WinterSing 2018, 12/7 & 12/9

The Telluride Choral Society‘s 25th annual WinterSing takes place Friday, December 7, 7 p.m. & Sunday, December 9, 4 p.m. at Telluride’s Christ Church. Tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for kids. They available at the door. For more information, please call (970) 729-0082.

What’s blowing in the wind? For one thing, lotsa snow. (Thank heaven. And Ullr.)

For another? WinterSing – at least according to Telluride Choral Society director Rhonda Muckerman.

“As a youngster, I learned the wind is caused by an uneven distribution of heat in our atmosphere. Whether or not I’ve got the science right, these days I am much more interested in what the wind brings to us. A ancient tune or poem? The sound of tinkling bells? The scent of rain on a freshly-cut Christmas tree? For me, a cold, clean breeze in the face carries with it a sense of new beginnings and a tacit assurance that everything is going to be alright with the world. And this year’s WinterSing concert, #25, the wind carries on its back the gentle sound of jingling sleigh bells, the whisper of romance, peace on the wing and more.”

The thought of it makes some people quake in anticipation; others shiver with angst and cold. Whichever your camp, in Telluride and all over America, you own it. In this country, Christmas belongs to everyone, not just Christians who celebrate the birth stories about Christ, but also Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, even atheists.

The secular holiday is Chipmunks and Charlie Brown, Grinches and Scrooges. It is Rudolph and giant conifers, baked ham and chestnuts roasting on an open fire, and one too many tipples of eggnog.

The season is all about classic movies such as “It’s A Wonderful Life” and “Miracle on 34th Street.”

But most of all, Christmas is about music.

Perhaps no other holiday in the world is more closely associated with music than Christmas. And locally, Christmas music means the Telluride Choral Society’s WinterSing, one of the premier opening events of the holiday season in the region:

“At the start of the Christmas season we invite you  to discover what the winter wind is bringing your way. From the far north of Norway, where our program begins, it offers celebratory calls, then jingling sleigh bells, songs of peace, African rhythms, and who knows…..maybe even a little romance? And, I am happy to say, our wonderful program features all of our choirs, from the newest to the most experienced: the Training Choir, Choristers, OmniVoce, Chorale and Chambers, all accompanied by Susan Ensor and Alan Bradley. We also welcome special guests the Jewel Tones and the Telluride Camerata,” explains Rhonda.

With WinterSing, tinsel time in Toy Town starts on a high note.

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