The World’s Greatest Christmas Carols

Posted on: August 9th, 2017

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017, 3:00pm

The World’s Greatest Christmas Carols! Christmas at Trinity!

Something for everyone in honor of the closing event for Lenox’s 250th anniversary celebration! Benjamin Luxon is our guest artist as the narrator! Old favorites and new carol arrangements The program includes the Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph Vaughan William’s, a Medley of Christmas Spirituals arranged by Chanticleer’s by Joseph Jennings Christ is the Morning Star by John Rutter, carol arrangements by Paul Halley and much more!

Baritone Benjamin Luxon made his 1972 début at both the Royal Opera House, Covent garden– creating the role of the Jester in Peter Maxwell Davies’ opera Taverner –  and at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival, where he sang the title role in Raymond Leppard’s realization of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria. Thereafter he became a frequent guest at both venues and also at Tanglewood.

In 1974, Luxon began his long association with the English National Opera,  the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala and and most of the major European opera houses and made frequent appearances in Munich (Bayerische Staatsoper) and Vienna (Wiener Staatsoper). In addition to his opera work, Luxon also developed a reputation as a concert-giver and recitalist with an unusually broad repertoire, ranging from early music through lieder to contemporary song, music hall and folk music. Luxon was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1986 Queen’s Birthday Honors.

Starting around 1990, Luxon began to be troubled by hearing loss. Though he explored a variety of conventional and ‘alternative’ treatments, continued fluctuation and deterioration in his hearing forced him to end his singing career by the end of the decade. Since then, however, Luxon has developed a career as a narrator and poetry reader whilst continuing to give master classes and direct opera. He currently lives in Sandisfield.

The concert will end with the premiere of the Lenox Suite for piano, violin and choir by Moshe Knoll as a tribute to Lenox’s 250th anniversary, this being the final event of the yearlong celebration. Pianist and composer Moshe Knoll wrote the Lenox Suite especially for this event. Mr. Knoll serves on the faculty of Lenox’s Belvoir Terrace. The violinist is Juilliard professor Laura Goldberg who is also on the faculty.