Cantilena Chorale: Looking ahead to Dec. 11 concert

Elinor ArmsbyElinor Armsby, artistic director / 2019 photo by Kat Waterman

UPDATED Nov. 17: Cantilena Chorale, a contemporary classical-music women’s chorus, welcomes concertgoers to "Comfort & Joy," set for 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington.

The afternoon of music draws from a variety of styles and traditions. The program was conceived both to offer comfort as we grow increasingly weary from the limits the pandemic has placed on us, and to express the joy we experience by singing together and bringing music to friends, family, and our community.

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Artistic Director Elinor Armsby has chosen compositions drawn from a variety of traditions. These include a newly released work arranged especially for women’s voices by Moira Smiley, the 15th-century carol "Make We Joy Now in the Feast," Marjan Helms' "Sukkat Shelomekha" and Margaret Bonds' recently published "Sleep Song." Smiley debuts a new treble arrangement of “Only Then Do You Know Joy.”

The program includes works by Dolly Parton/Craig Hella Johnson, Susan LaBarr, Randall Thompson, Frank Bridge and Michael Praetorius.

Accompanying the concert is collaborative pianist Kelvyn Koning and a guest violinist.

Tickets ($9-$25), our mask policy, and more information are available at

Children 12 and under are free with an adult. Ticket sales at the door on the concert day are available 30 minutes before the performance.

Ticket sales at the door on the concert day are available 30 minutes before the performance.

All persons attending the concert at First Parish are required to be masked andfully vaccinated.

The approximately one-hour performance will not have an intermission.

Selected works from this concert will be recorded for future viewing.

To see more about the group, go to

This news announcement was published Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, and updated Nov. 17, 2022, based on information from Cantilena, including a photo.

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