“Ars Nova’s December concert is one of the most challenging concerts of the season to assemble. Constructing a program that balances novelty and tradition, mystery and jubilation, familiar melodies with innovative new sounds is a creative challenge for any artistic director. We’re thrilled that it has become an anticipated and valued tradition for 37 years in our community.” – Artistic Director Tom Morgan
Rejoice in the imminent victory of light over darkness this holiday season with Ars Nova Singers. Bask in the ethereal glow of the cosmos with performances of Gregorian chant and masterpieces of the Renaissance by Victoria and Dering. Take comfort in the triumphant warmth of modern works by Gabriel Jackson, Laura Mvula, Bob Chilcott, Patrick Hawes, and more.
Our holiday program SOLSTICE features several works accompanied by solo saxophone, performed by our special guest artist John Gunther, Professor of Jazz Studies at CU-Boulder and self-described “curious human, making universal connections through music.” Read more about John on his website.
Music has the power to touch us deeply, and sometimes in ways that we can’t even identify. Ars Nova Singers’ holiday concerts are beloved by audiences throughout the Front Range and are a great way to get in the spirit of the season! Join us for one of our FOUR PERFORMANCES: December 9, 11, 15, and 16.
“No area choir – big or small – offers more artistically adventurous and ambitious concerts than the Boulder-based Ars Nova Singers. That includes its always anticipated holiday offering, which dependably puts the accent on historical and geographical diversity and never fails to incorporate local premieres and obscure gems from the past that surprise even connoisseurs.” – Kyle MacMillan, Denver Post
Download the full digital concert program
Gregorian chant, Advent hymn: Vox clara Ecce Intonat
Gabriel Jackson, Vox clara Ecce Intonat
Tomas Luis de Victoria, Ave regina caelorum (à 8)
Alexander Campkin, Ave regina caelorum
Richard Dering, Quem vidistis pastores (á 6)
Bob Chilcott, The Shepherd’s Carol
Patrick Hawes, Quanta Qualia
arr. David Nield, Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
Adrian Peacock, Venite, Gaudete!
William Dawson, Hail Mary
Stanford Scriven, Christ the Appletree
Laura Mvula, Sing to the Moon
arr. T. Morgan, Un Flambeau, Jeannette, Isabella (premiere)
This holiday season, Ars Nova Singers supports #SingwithUkraine.
And we encourage you to donate to these worthy organizations:
Music Mission Kiev (supporting the Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and other initiatives):
Doctors without Borders
JOHN GUNTHER is a performer, multi-instrumentalist playing Saxophones, Clarinet, and Flute. With a restless musical spirit, he explores all forms of jazz, but he’s just as likely to play with a…