Shaker holiday entertainment featured in Bach’s Lunch Programs

December 5, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Concord Community Music School
23 Wall St
Concord, NH 03301

This December, discover the “entertainments” that evolved to define Christmastime for the Shakers at Canterbury, and sing along with the Canterbury Singers, in two free Bach’s Lunch programs at Concord Community Music School.

On Thursday, Dec. 5, at 12:10 p.m., Becky Soules, Interpretation Manager at Canterbury Shaker Village, presents a Bach’s Lunch Lecture titled “Shaker Christmas Entertainments.” During the 200 years that Shakers lived at Canterbury Shaker Village, their Christmas traditions evolved and changed – from simple religious services in the 19th century to elaborate theatricals and musicals in the 20th century. Hear about these Christmas “Entertainments” that were written, directed, and performed by the women of the Village between the 1880s and the 1930s, in order to sustain Shaker communal life and build ties of love and union.

On Thursday, Dec. 12, at 12:10 p.m., the Canterbury Singers, with director Kathryn Southworth, present a Bach’s Lunch Concert, “Come, the Feast is Ready! A Shaker Christmas.” The Canterbury Singers originated at Canterbury Shaker Village more than 20 twenty years ago, and are now a program of the Concord Community Music School in partnership with the Village. The group has expanded into a musical community of devoted singers and admirers of the Shaker legacy. In addition to sharing traditional and Christmas related tunes, hymns, and anthems of the Shakers, the Canterbury Singers will invite the audience to join them in traditional carols of the season.