Winter Solstice Celebration

Experience a joyous celebration of the winter solstice, where novelty and tradition intertwine. Ars Nova Singers welcomes cellist Charles Lee for a program that ranges from the intimate melodies of Hildegard of Bingen, to glorious Renaissance polyphony by William Byrd and Hieronymous Praetorius, to shimmering modern masterpieces by Eriks Esenvalds, Jocelyn Hagen, Taylor Scott Davis, and more. Be delighted by vibrant new arrangements of beloved holiday tunes that embrace the season’s spirit. Join our 40 singers as we come together for an unforgettable holiday tradition that merges the joy of the season with the splendor of glorious music.

Download the full-color digital Concert Program here (PDF).

Dr. Charles Lee, cellist/composer/conductor, received his bachelor’s degree in composition/piano from the Eastman School of Music where he won the Bernard Rogers composition award. After receiving a master’s degree in cello performance at Temple University under Jeffrey Solow, he moved to Boulder to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts degree under Judith Glyde at the University of Colorado, which he received in 2004. Dr. Lee has been principal cellist of the Boulder Philharmonic orchestra since 1998, and principal cellist of Colorado Ballet Orchestra since 2002. In addition to performing actively in the region as a chamber musician, he also appears frequently with Central City Opera and the Colorado Symphony Orchestras. Dr. Lee is currently serving as instructor of cello, conductor of the string ensemble and director of chamber music at Regis University in Denver.

Hildegard, O frondens virga
Two 15th century English carols
H. Praetorius, In dulci jubilo (à 8)
William Byrd, O magnum mysterium
Ola Gjeilo, Serenity (O Magnum mysterium)
Andrea Casarrubios, Caminante
Taylor Scott Davis, Solstice

Eriks Esenvalds, Rivers of Light
Jocelyn Hagen, Mother’s Song
Dan Forrest, The Sun Never Says

Michael Head, The Little Road to Bethlehem
Holiday arrangements by Joanna Forbes, Alexander L’Estrange, and more