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Sounds of the Season

This weekend is the College at Brockport’s annual Sounds of the Season holiday concert.

The College at Brockport’s music studies program is highlighting female composers this year, so the Brockport College-Community Chorus’ Sounds of the Season concert will feature several songs composed by women, including Molly Ijames’ setting of “Here We Come a-Caroling” and Lisa Loeb’s celebration of Chanukah, “Light.”

Music director Elizabeth Banner also incorporated female written songs like Jean Berger’s new version of “What Sweeter Music Can We Bring,” as well as many other beloved carols and songs, old and new, such as “Mary, Did You Know?” “Good Christian Men, Rejoice,” “Winter Wonderland,” and even Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime.”

Banner confides that she “found a vocal arrangement of ‘Sleigh Ride’ which rivals what we all think of when we think of the song, which is the Boston Pops’ rendition.”

What is really energizing Banner during this busy season is the concept of “collaboration. It has bloomed in the confines of the music studies program itself, but also amongst the students, who have really stepped up within the group.”

The concert will conclude, as always, with the beautiful Darmon Meader arrangement of “Silent

Night,” during which the audience will be invited to sing along with the chorus.

7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 at First Presbyterian Church of Brockport. brockport.edu

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