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Manitou Winds Winter Songs & Carols
As part of the Glen Arbor Arts Center’s Manitou Music Festival, local chamber ensemble Manitou Winds will present their annual Winter Songs & Carols performance on Friday, December 9, 7:30 p.m., at The Leelanau School in Glen Arbor. Admission is free. Songs of Advent, winter solstice, and Christmas will intertwine with poetry and prose, setting a reflective mood to kick off the holiday season. Five musicians, and nine different instruments, will create a colorful collage of musical textures and styles. Two guest vocalists—Christy Burich and Emily Curtin Culler—will join the ensemble for five of the songs. In their final collaboration for the year, Frankfort artist Ellie Harold will partner with the ensemble. Ellie’s abstract oil painting “Winter Sunset” is featured on the concert poster. Ellie will also display a special exhibition of works inspired by the concert theme at the concert venue.
More than a concert filled with holiday-themed music, Winter Songs & Carols explores the entire season of winter and all its moods. “Winter is a season that gets a lot of bad press,” says Manitou Winds founder Jason McKinney. “It’s easy to focus on the summer comforts we lose once the seasons change, but winter brings a very special kind of quiet to nature. We’ve put together a program that encourages you to embrace that wintry peace and quiet while taking in the holiday traditions that help us enjoy the season.” Every selection on this year’s program is a unique arrangement created by the ensemble especially for this concert. Arrangements of traditional carols, folk tunes, and a hefty helping of Celtic music round out the program, along with songs by artists such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Beth Nielsen Chapman, and Loreena McKennitt, performed by guest vocalists Christy Burich and Emily Curtin Culler. A variety of informational blog posts about Ellie Harold, our vocalists, and some of the featured music for the concert will be posted on our Manitou-Zine blog each week leading up to the concert: www.manitouwinds.com/manitou-zine.