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Hill and Hollow to once again present concerts

New vocal ensemble to be focus of organization’s rebirth

The Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble, led by conductor Andrew Benware, front row, far right, is the latest offering by Hill and Hollow Music, a nonprofit organization based in the town of Saranac.

The Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble, led by conductor Andrew Benware, front row, far right, is the latest offering by Hill and Hollow Music, a nonprofit organization based in the town of Saranac.

— “This will be a great program,” said Brown.

The event will follow the traditional model of similar events performed annually on Christmas Eve at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England, since 1928, said Brown. The ensemble will perform a cappella versions of traditional German, Irish and Basque carols such as “In Dulci Jubilo,” “Wexford Carol,” and “Gabriel’s Message,” and familiar Advent and Christmas hymns like “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Silent Night,” “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing,” and “Joy to the World.”

The vocal performances will be paired with nine short Bible readings from the Old and New Testaments that “trace the story of the fall of humanity and the promise of a Messiah to the birth of Jesus,” added Brown, that will “get everyone in the spirit for Christmas.”

It’s an event she and partner Kellum Smith believe will both entertain and get people reacquainted with the musical offerings by their organization, said Brown.

“Kellum and I are so pleased to be back to our singing roots and the conductor is a real find,” she said. “We are very proud of this group, whose members come from all over the region ... It’s very high quality.”

The concerts are slated for Saturday, Dec. 17, at St. Peter’s Church, 114 Cornelia St., Plattsburgh, and Sunday, Dec. 18, at St. Agnes Church, 169 Hillcrest Ave., Lake Placid. The Dec. 17 performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.; the Dec. 18 performance will begin at 3 p.m. Admission will be a $5 suggested donation to benefit Hill and Hollow Music.

Brown noted the concerts are just the beginning of what Hill and Hollow Music will begin to offer once again for the community and that the artists retreat program will continue.

“We want to keep the retreat going because we feel it serves a wonderful need,” said Brown.

For more information about the upcoming performances by the Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble, the artists retreat program and other offerings by Hill and Hollow Music, call 293-7613, send an e-mail to hillholl@hughes.net, or visit www.hillandhollowmusic.org.

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