Middleburg Concert Series Wraps Up with Christmas Cantata


As the holiday seasons ramps up, Middleburg area residents may want to mark their calendars for the final performance of the 2015 Middleburg Concert Series.

The series will conclude its debut season with a contemporary Christmas Cantata. Its performance season has been a mix of contemporary and traditional music, and the Sunday, Dec. 20 concert at Middleburg United Methodist Church will be no different.

The final concert, starting at 4 p.m., will present not only beloved traditional pieces but also the cantata by acclaimed contemporary composer, conductor and humorist Pepper Choplin, titled “I Hear The Prophet Callin.’”

The combined choirs of First Baptist Church of Winchester, under the direction of Karen Chase, with organists Larry and Sue Correlli, violinists Cynthia Saucedo and Enrique Reynosa, violist Maryory Serrano and cellist Alan Saucedo. Vocal soloists will be well-known local performer Sarah Brissing and Karen Chase.

Choplin has performed his original compositions, incorporating folk, jazz, gospel and sacred music, at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City. Greenhill Winery & Vineyards and StoneSprings Hospital Center will be major sponsors for the concert. A reception will be held in the church’s fellowship hall after the concert, with refreshments provided by Goodstone Inn and Restaurant. StoneSprings Hospital representatives will be at the reception to talk about the new hospital that will open soon on Rt. 50.

Middleburg UMC is at the corner of Washington and Pendleton streets.

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