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April 24, 2014

The Lookout: Cantemus to 'Sing Merrily' this weekend

The Cantemus Chamber Chorus will present a pair of concerts this weekend in Newburyport and Hamilton.

Music director Jane Ring Frank describes the concert’s theme, “Sing We Merrily: Part Songs, Catches and Glees,” as “loosely but lovingly inspired by the English tradition of part songs, catches and glees, a centuries-old tradition, long sung and enacted in music halls, concert stages and academic communities.”

The program will begin with “Be Like the Bird,” based on a poem by Victor Hugo, followed by “Sing We Merrily” by composer Maurice Greene. Cantemus will also perform “Five Partsongs” by Gustav Holst, three choruses by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and pieces by Kenneth Neufeld set to texts from William Blake’s “Songs of Innocence and Experience.”

Rounding out the concert are part songs of a more contemporary nature, including versions of The Beatles’ “Blackbird” and “I Will” and Billy Joel’s “And So It Goes.”

Cantemus’ 44 members come from 27 communities in the region and beyond, including Amesbury, Byfield, Georgetown, Newbury, Newburyport and West Newbury.

The performances are scheduled for Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church of Hamilton-Wenham, 149 Asbury St., Hamilton, and Sunday at 4 p.m. at Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb St., Newburyport.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and free for students 21 and younger, available at or at the door. A $2 discount is available for tickets purchased in advance at The Book Rack in downtown Newburyport.

For more information, visit or call 888-CHORUS-1.

Von Trapps bring ‘Sound of Music’ to Port

The von Trapps will return to the Belleville Congregational Church stage on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

The four singers are the great-grandchildren of Georg and Maria von Trapp, whose story is told in “The Sound of Music.” The group sings original tunes along with favorites from the musical.

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