Holiday concert celebrates winter and Samuel de Champlain

SARANAC - The Chris Norman Ensemble will perform "In the Fields in Frost and Snow" Sunday, Dec. 28, at the Saranac United Methodist Church on State Route 3.

The performance, which will begin at 3 p.m., will feature Chris Norman, a renowned virtuoso on the wooden transverse flute. Norman formed his ensemble with three other musicians on guitar, mandola, bass, pipes, percussion, piano, organ, and vocals. And, as a special holiday treat, the exquisite Acadian soprano Suzie LeBlanc, a long-time friend of Norman's, will join the ensemble on-stage as featured guest artist.

A seasonal program celebrating winter, "In the Fields in Frost and Snow" reaches across five centuries of traditional music, drawing largely from Canada's rich maritime musical heritage with sailors' hornpipes and Acadian songs, as well as Native-American songs, 16th-century French noels, and 17th-century English country dances and folksongs - all performed with originality, virtuosity, intelligence, and sheer fun.

This is the third concert in the Hill and Hollow Music series commemorating the Champlain Quadricentennial by telling the story of French exploration and settlement in our region through performances of French and Franco-American music. Samuel de Champlain, who made some 25 trans-Atlantic voyages between France and North America from 1602 to 1635, would surely have been familiar with much of the music on this program. General-seating tickets at $15 for the Chris Norman Ensemble with Suzie LeBlanc - and for all Hill and Hollow concerts in Saranac - may be obtained in advance by mail or at the door. Significant member discounts and subscription rates are available.

For more information call 293-7613 or visit on-line at www.hillandhollowmusic.org.

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