The rush and bustle of the holiday season, like yesterday’s snowstorm, seems to have arrived earlier than in years past! Which may be all the more reason to set aside some time to stop running, take a breath, and enjoy some music.
The snow and ice are expected to melt and clear away by the end of today, by which time cabin fever may have already struck. Tonight, Friday, November 16, 2018, baritone singer Brian Ming Chur will be giving a concert in Harleysville at the Church of the Holy Spirit (2871 Barndt Road; corner of Barndt and Route 63/Sumneytown Pike). The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. There will be a reception after the performance. A free will offering will be taken during intermission.
(The Church of the Holy Spirit welcomes) Brian Ming Chur, Baritone. Hailed for his “rich, authoritative tone” (Kansas City Metropolis), ”an impressive performer of wide range, agility, and expressive storytelling ability”(Monterey Herald), baritone Brian Ming Chu has been a soloist with numerous ensembles, including The King’s Noyse, Brandywine Baroque, Portland Baroque, Piffaro, The Dryden Ensemble, Kansas City’s Spire Ensemble, the Choral Arts of Philadelphia, Washington’s Cathedral Choral Society, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, and the Carmel Bach Festival.
Next weekend, on Sunday, December 2nd, the annual Valley Arts Concert and Carol Sing will be held in Sumneytown, PA at St. John’s Lutheran Church (Route 63/Sumneytown Pike). The 7 p.m. concert features the Suite Brass Ensemble, violinist Pastor Jennifer Ollikainen, soprano Pastor Susan Lynch, and tenor Kevin Schanely. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the social hall, and a free will offering will be taken to benefit the Adopt-A-Family program.
The chamber music trio Illumine returns to Pottstown on Friday, December 7, 2018 for a Christmas concert featuring the premiers of three new suites of traditional carols, “Winter” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and other Christmas classics. The musicians will also lead the audience in caroling at the end of the concert. The music begins at 7 p.m. at Shenkel United Church of Christ, 1580 Shenkel Road, Pottstown, Pa.
The Valley Choral Society invites the public to attend their winter concert, Ring the Bells, on the weekend of December 8 and 9, 2018. Saturday’s free concert begins at 7 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Pennsburg, PA (81 Main Street), while Sunday’s concert is scheduled for the afternoon, at 4 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Perkasie, PA (19 S. 5th Street).
The wonderful student musicians in the Upper Perkiomen School District will be sharing their talents in a series of winter concerts in December. The Upper Perkiomen Middle School Holiday Winter Concert is Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 7 p.m. The High School Band and Orchestra Winter Concert will be held the following night, Wednesday, December 12, 2018, from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Finally, the many choirs of the Upper Perkiomen High School will take the stage once again on a Sunday afternoon, for their winter mix of sacred and secular music, this year on December 16, 2018, beginning at 3 p.m. All the concerts are held in the auditorium at the Upper Perkiomen High School, 2 Walt Road, Pennsburg, PA, and are open to the public.