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Easton High School Chamber Singers

December 12, 2019. Our meeting featured holiday-style music from the Easton High Chamber Singers under the Direction of Pete Deshler. The a cappella group specializes in Renaissance music dating between 1450 and 1600 AD. The Chamber Singers have been a staple at Easton for 42 years and, last year, produced an official CD of their work. The coed group featured eight boys and eight girls. The 16 spots are filled through auditions with Director Pete. This year's entertainment featured:

* Joy To The World - traditional style

* The First Noel - Traditional style

* Two compositions by Hans Leo Hassler, a German composer and organist of the late Renaissance and early Baroque eras. The first was Cantata Domino, followed by Dixit Maria.

* Ave Maria by Tomas Luis de Victoria, the most famous composer in lb^-century Spain, and one of the most important composers of the Counter-Reformation.

* O Little Town of Hackensack - This rendition of a PDQ Bach work came complete with snoring, an instructional map, finger pointing, and an overzealous bass singer. It is perhaps the only Christmas standard that mentions Hackensack, Tenafly, Secaucus, and Peapack.

* Deck The Halls - Traditional style with absolutely no New Jersey references.

* Benediction - Traditional style

* We Wish You A Merry Christmas in which the singers offer a rather firm quid pro quo regarding figgy pudding.

* Vive La Compagnie! - The group closed with a rousing performance of their signature piece.


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