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Christmas Concert 2011

The Star of Bethlehem

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"He who seeks a moving and lyrical work with rewarding roles for the choir could do no better than to choose Rheinberger’s Stern von Bethlehem. In nine scenes (Expectation, the Shepherds, the Appearance of the Angels, the Star, etc.) the Christmas story is lyrically portrayed. Pastoral choruses, a heartfelt soprano part and finally, the exotic, charming procession of the Wisemen through the desert have insured this work an increasing popularity."

Josef Rheinberger (Composer, Arranger)


The Star of Bethlehem

 “Der Stern von Bethlehem” Joseph Rheinberger (Op. 164), 1839 - 1901

I. Erwartung
II. Die Hirten. Pastorale
III. Erscheinung des Engels
IV. Bethlehem
V. Dir Hirten an der Krippe
VI. Der Stern
VII. Anbetung der Weisen


VIII. Maria
IX. Erfüllung

Soprano: Judy White-osker
Soprano: Anna Greenlaw
Bass: John Martin


Tenor: Clark Bourne
Baritone: Rob Becker
Bass: Bruce Henderson
Soprano: Judy White-Hosker


“Magnificat” Ruth Watson Henderson, b. 1932
Soprano: Elizabeth Smardz

“Four Songs of The Nativity” Howard Blake (Op. 531), b. 1938
Soprano: Elizabeth Smardz
Alto: Debbie Diem
Tenor: Charlie Smith
Bass: Bruce Henderson

“Chanticleer” Richard Wayne Dirksen, 1921-2003


The Rockingham Choral Society performs twice a year. The first Concert is performed in the winter months usually in early December. The second is in the spring. Each group of performances is over a single weekend on friday and saturday evenings and on Sunday afternoon.

The concerts are performed at various locations in Rockingham county. Please check the Current season page for details on the next scheduled concert and to reserve tickets.

Continuing a tradition begun by former director Dr. Henry Wing, all soloists are chosen from the membership.

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