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The San Diego North Coast Singers’—whose youth program is celebrating its 25th anniversary this season—newest ensemble, the women’s chamber chorus, Sorelle San Diego, will present Conrad Susa’s Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest for women’s voices, harp, guitar, and marimba, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, in Encinitas, on Sunday December 3 at 4:00 p.m. This charming setting of traditional Spanish carols was arranged by American composer Conrad Susa as a companion to the beloved Ceremony of Carols by English composer Benjamin Britten. Selected movements from the Britten will be heard as well. Susa said of his work, “The songs have a warm, artful simplicity and a narrative of a Southwestern piñata party for the newborn baby.”
Sorelle director, Sally Husch Dean, is delighted to premier a new composition, Hodie Christus Natus Est, written especially for Sorelle by local San Diego composer, Ross Hansen. Guest violinist, Peter Clark and soprano soloist, Justine Hansen will join the chorus for this exciting premier.
This benefit concert is in keeping with Sorelle’s dedication to creating awareness and raising funds for local organizations that serve girls and women in need. Concert production costs are covered by a generous local donor, allowing ticket proceeds to benefit both San Diego North Coast Singers and “Hand To Hand,” a fund of The Coastal Communities Foundation, serving local organizations who promote economic self-sufficiency and positive change in the lives of girls and women. Past beneficiaries of Sorelle concerts include San Diego Second Chance, Kairos Outside, and Girls Rising.