Wilton singers present Christmas feast and concert
The Wilton Singers will launch its 30th anniversary season with the ensemble's third annual gala Christmas Feast and "Noel!" concert Friday and Saturday nights, Dec. 7 and 8, at the WEPCO Complex at 48 New Canaan Road.
The music program will include a number of familiar Christmastime favorites, including "Sleigh Ride," "Carol of the Bells" and a jazzy rendition of "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town."
To help celebrate the group's 30th anniversary, the Wilton Singers will also perform the world premiere of "A Field of White," written by Connecticut composer Amy Bernon. It is a work commissioned by the Wilton Singers for this occasion. The singers themselves will be under the direction of Patrick Taylor, now in his fourth year with the organization.
The evening's elegant meal will bring back Jerry Reveron to the feast kitchen. Mr. Reveron served as chef for 15 of the Wilton Singers' 26 feasts. Since then, he has gone on to win a number of major culinary awards, including the 2007 Connecticut Restaurateur of the Year. His restaurant, the Woodward House in Bethlehem, Conn., received a four-star rating by the New York Times. Mr. Reveron is now head chef at Taft School in Waterbury.
Teaming up with the Wilton Singers will be the award-winning Wilton High School Madrigal Singers, under the direction of Betsey deGroff. In addition, groups of strolling carolers will be on hand to entertain diners throughout the evening.
The Wilton Singers feasts have been sold-out events for several years. Reservations can be made by phoning 203-834-1662, or by visiting wiltonsingers.com. Tickets are $60 per person.
Wilton Singers president Jean Caffrey said, "feast-goers are encouraged to bring their own liquid refreshments."
She added, "People yearning for a return to a real, old-fashioned salute to the holiday season and its wonderful music are encouraged to sign up and enjoy a spectacular evening celebrating with the Wilton Singers."
Proceeds from this and other Wilton Singers concerts support the Wilton Singers Scholarship Fund.