Blue Ridge Christmas with The Virginia Consort - Program Announced

2015's Blue Ridge Christmas.  Photo Credit: Lewis Dunn.

2015's Blue Ridge Christmas.  Photo Credit: Lewis Dunn.

A note from WPA Artistic Director, Erin Freeman:

There is no better holiday tradition than listening to great music! It binds us to each other, it connects us to our ancestors, and it reminds us of what's truly important.

For me, a Christmas concert is what got me involved in music and set my life on the wild and crazy ride I've been on since childhood. I'll never forget sitting on the last row of a packed Atlanta Symphony hall, listening to "Christmas with Robert Shaw," hearing music from Bach to spirituals, and sensing how it affected those around me. 

Our Blue Ridge Christmas tradition promises to have the same effect on YOU and your loved ones.

I encourage you to bring the young person in your life to this memorable concert! With music by Felix Mendelssohn, John Rutter, and more - plus traditional Christmas carols - you might just help someone fall in love with music.  

- Erin 

The Virginia Consort performs for a full crowd at the 2015 Blue Ridge Christmas.

The Virginia Consort performs for a full crowd at the 2015 Blue Ridge Christmas.

The program for our 2016 Blue Ridge Christmas has just been revealed! See below for the program and a few video previews.

Don't miss a note - get your tickets now!

The annual Blue Ridge Christmas concert is one of the Virginia Consort’s favorite concert experiences of their entire season. There is a special ambience in that beautiful, intimate sanctuary and a glorious warmth to the sound of the music being sung.
— Judith Gary, Artistic Director, The Virginia Consort


Jan Sweelinck: Hodie Christus Natus Est
Joaquin Nin-Culmell: La Virgen Lava Pañales
Laurie Betts Hughes, arr.: Mary, What You Gonna Call That Pretty Little Baby  
Barbara Bell/John Rutter: La Berceuse
Matthew Harris: On This Starry Night
Donald Fraser: This Christmastide (Jessye's Carol) 
Ian Loeppky, arr.: Adam Lay Ybounden
Felix Mendelssohn: There Shall a Star
Michael Murra, arr.: Ce Matin, J'ai Rencontré Le Train
James Gossler, arr.: Auld Lang Syne, traditional Scottish tune
Philip Stopford, arr.: I Saw Three Ships
Philip Kern, arr.: Mozart's Fa La La
Bob Chilcott: The Wellspring
Stacey V. Gibbs, arr.: See Dat Babe

PLUS - a sing-along


"There Shall a Star" - A stunning work from Mendelssohn's oratorio Christus.  

Mozart's Fa La La - Eine kleine Nacht Musik goes to a Christmas party!