Hartsville Chamber Ensemble sets twilight Cheraw concert for Dec. 10

First Posted: 12:24 am - December 2nd, 2015

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The Cheraw Arts Commission will present a twilight concert featuring the Hartsville Chamber Ensemble at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 at Old St. David’s Episcopal Church.

The selection of music to be performed, which includes traditional carols (“I Wonder As I Wander,” “Let All Mortal Flesh,” “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus, “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Silent Night” and “The Coventry Carol”) and pieces by composers such as Rene Clausen, Jean Berger and John Ferguson, have been carefully chosen to enhance the church’s ambiance.

Ensemble members said they find the sanctuary an especially thrilling place to sing because of the way sound resonates throughout the historic structure.

The Hartsville Chamber Ensemble is celebrating its 10th anniversary in the current season. It was organized in the summer of 2006 by a group of Hartsville-area musicians who were willing to commit to undertaking a challenging repertoire of vocal music.

The ensemble is bound together by a love of singing and dedication to performing at a level of artistry achieved only by many hours of rehearsal. Under the direction of Anna White Hill, the group strives to deliver a seamlessly blended sound while singing music from a wide variety of genres.

Singers are sopranos Sharman Poplava and Holly Prescott; altos Candace Holcombe, Kaye McElveen and Victoria Norment; tenors Steve Rogers and Tim Smoak; and basses Dave Godshalk, Kyle Henderson and Terry Poplava. The ensemble is assisted by Ronda McElveen, piano.

Admission to the concert is $8 for Cheraw Arts Commission members and students with non-member tickets priced at $10. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Cheraw Community Center, 200 Powe St.

For additional information, contact the Cheraw Arts Commission at 843-537-8420, extension 12.

The Cheraw Arts Commission is supported by the S.C. Arts Commission, which receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Information for this story was provided by the Cheraw Arts Commission.


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