Monteverdi Chorale in concert

McMillan Memorial Library is pleased to present the Monteverdi Chorale in concert on December 17th at 7:00 p.m. This free concert is made possible through funding from the Library Endowment. No tickets are required, but seating in the theater may be limited.

The Monteverdi Chorale, under the direction of James A. Carpenter, will present Lessons and Carols to open their 29th season. The whole family will enjoy Lessons and Carols, which includes familiar carols sung by the audience and the choir, readings of the Christmas story by local clergy and community leaders, and classic music of the season performed by the Monteverdi Chorale.  The Chorale is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

The Monteverdi Chorale is led by James A. Carpenter, Artistic Director. Carpenter has over twenty years of professional experience in choral conducting and education and holds a bachelor’s degree in choral music education and voice from Ithaca College, NY and a master’s degree in choral conducting from UW-Madison.   The Monteverdi Chorale is a regional, sixty-member, multigenerational, auditioned community group encompassing many musical backgrounds.  The mission of the Monteverdi Chorale is to present excellent choral music reflecting various periods and styles performed by auditioned regional musicians for diverse, mostly regional audiences.  Monteverdi Chorale is in their 29th performance season.  Singers hail from Wisconsin Rapids, Stevens Point, Plover, Mosinee, Wausau, Junction City, Rosholt, Amherst, Custer, Waupaca, Marshfield, and Wautoma.

“The Library is happy to be able to bring the Monteverdi Chorale back to Wisconsin Rapids after an absence of several years” said Library Director Andy Barnett. “It’s an opportunity for local Chorale members to sing in their community. They are a wonderful group and their repertoire extends far beyond the standard Christmas fare.”

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., but the theater will be closed for Chorale warmup from approximately 6:00-6:30 p.m., after which the theater will be re-opened. Remote viewing and overflow seating will be available if the theater is filled.

A reception with light refreshments for the audience and the singers will be held immediately following the concert.

Listen to them.