The piece is “basically a Nativity story,” she added, as it tells the story of the birth of Christ and the birth of light. That theme continues through the entire concert, Nash said.
Each year, the chorus — many of which have been a part of Cantemus for 20 years or more — begins rehearsing for the winter concert in September, Nash said. “As we get closer to the season and deeper into the music, it’s schematic to beginning to appreciate the holiday.”
Often, audience members tell the singers how the concert launches the holiday season for them, as it is always the first weekend in December, she said. The chorus has a reputation for offering an eclectic, high quality program locally.
“You’ll hear a professional program without having to go into Boston,” Nash said.
This is Cantemus’ second year under the direction of Ring Frank, and she continues to challenge the chorus and bring their performances to a higher level, Nash said.
“The programming, what we sing and also how we sing it, is very much determined by who is leading us,” Nash said. “She’s picked stuff for us that we’ve never even heard of, let alone sung.”
The result is a benefit to the audience, she said, as it allows them to hear new music and something apart from the norm.
“It makes us better singers,” Nash said.
As it marks its milestone year, the singers are working to make sure the chorus continues to thrive.
As the chorus celebrates its 30th year, it continues to look for new members, Nash said. While it’s grown quite a bit since Nash first started 25 years ago — back then, the group had 13 singers and one bass. “If that bass had gotten sick on the concert weekend, I don’t know what we would’ve done,” she said. “Fortunately, he never did.”