Choir treats patrons to music of France

This year Penrith City Choir is replacing its traditional production of Handel's Messiah with a performance of music by a range of French composers.

Entitled Joyeux Noël — A Christmas Celebration of the Music of France, the concert will feature Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Messe de Minuit pour Noël (Midnight Mass) and the music of Berlioz, Debussy, Fauré, Menotti and Saint-Saëns.

Conducted by Lucy McAlary, the choir will be accompanied by the Lennox String Quartet, Jane Andino on keyboard, and Liz Strasser and Susan Christie on recorders.

The Lennox String Quartet (pictured, below) has performed with some of Australia's premier ensembles including ACO2, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Youth Orchestra.

The quartet will also perform Debussy's Clair de Lune and Faure's Pavane pour un Enfant Defunt.

The concert will be held at St Stephen's Church, Penrith, at 3pm on Sunday, December 2. Admission is $20 and includes afternoon tea. Details: Jenny Young, 4754 3946 or jennifer.young5@bigpond.com.au.

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