Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Wintery Songs In Eleventy Part Harmony
Wintery Songs in Eleventy Part Harmony is a collaborative group of Boston-based singers and string players who gather once a year to reinvent the sound of the holidays. With new arrangements of classics (both sacred and secular) and a throng of unlikely additions to the seasonal lexicon, Wintery Songs is anchored by major-label veterans and highly acclaimed harmony singers Jennifer Kimball and Rose Polenzani. Re-arranging hymns and pop gems, Wintery Songs celebrates the sacred tradition and also represents the fascinating sonic melting pot of December sounds: the pagan, the schmaltz, the pop, and new ‘cold’ songs by alt-pop bands Real Estate and Mt. Eerie, and new songs by Jennifer Kimball, Laura Cortese and Brittany Haas.
Part POPS in a suitcase, the Wintery Songs strings play with a distinctly Celtic flavor and share with the singers a healthy dose of irreverence. The songs run the gamut from familiar hymns “Joy to the World” on baritone uke and “The Holly & the Ivy” with a driving rhythmic string drone to a Scottish style jig. All six ladies sing “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” a cappella in a round; their magical arrangement of Real Estate’s “Snow Days” shimmers; “Jingle Bells” ala Frank Sinatra swings; and their reharmonization of “Winter Wonderland” is deeply satisfying in a minor key. A medley of tunes from Tchaikovsky’s "Nutcracker Suite,” is a showstopper! And while Kimball functions as ringleader/instigator, every member of the group contributes new songs to this truly collaborative project.
The group’s CD — HARK — will be available at the show. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday concert!