An Advent calendar for listening pleasure


BLUE HILL — To celebrate the holiday season, Blue Hill Bach has created an online “Advent calendar” for music lovers’ listening pleasure, Dec. 1-25.

Collaborating with the Zenith Ensemble, Blue Hill Bach is offering daily a rich variety of seasonal treats from introductions to the northern New England choir’s individual singers to famed folk singer Noel Paul Stookey’s reading of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1863 poem “Christmas Bells,” which later became a beloved Christmas carol.

Blue Hill Bach’s free Holiday Advent Calendar introduces the audience to the Zenith Ensemble’s singers, who share reflections about holiday music. They include sopranos Nacole Palmer and Michele Kennedy, alto Melissa Attebury, tenor Eric Christopher Perry, baritone Charles Wesley Evans and bass John David Adams. Daily posts also include celebrations of the first and last days of Hanukkah and the winter solstice. The choir, which includes singers from Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, was founded to bring great music to northern New England communities.

The month-long celebration culminate with a virtual Christmas Eve concert of familiar and not-so-familiar carols and chorales.

To access the Advent calendar, visit Blue Hill Bach’s website at or its Facebook page.


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