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Choral Society of Durham

by Carolyn Coolidge, photo by Susan Parham

Fassett Auditorium rang with beautiful music last month when members of the Choral Society of Durham (CSD) offered us a “sneak peek” of choral selections to be performed during its 2022-23 concert season.

The program included music that will be heard at the upcoming CSD holiday concert, December 18th at 4 p.m. in Duke Chapel. “Sweetly the Bells are Ringing,” a traditional German carol, and two other seasonal works, which will be enhanced in the concert by the accompaniment of handbells, were sung.

On March 11, the chorus will present “Where We Find Ourselves,” inspired by photos taken by Durham photographer Hugh Mangum, presented in his portraits: “Remember life, remember joy, Let us sing to the mystery of life!”

The Choral Society’s season will end on May 21, with J.S. Bach’s monumental “Mass in B Minor,” widely regarded as one of the supreme achievements of classical music.

Several Croasdaile residents, including Scott Hill, who sings soprano in the group, have past ties to CSD. Recalling my own CSD experience of preparation within and outside of rehearsals, I appreciated the attention to detail displayed by the singers, who benefit from the efforts and musicality of the director, Rodney Wynkoop. Pianist David Cole’s sensitive accompaniments enhanced the music.

Bus transportation will be available for all three upcoming CSD events.