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`Winter's Cheer'.

Byline: Richard Duckett


The Musicians of the Old Post Road will bring "Winter's Cheer" to First Unitarian Church, 90 Main St., Worcester, at 4 p.m. Sunday. The concert features Baroque works celebrating Christmas and saluting the arrival of winter.

The program will include a selection of Shakespeare songs by Thomas Arne, a cantata by Boismortier capturing the delights and difficulties of the season, noels by Delalande, and a rare period arrangement of Vivaldi's Winter concerto from his Four Seasons.

The Boston-area group - including co-artistic directors Suzanne Stumpf (flute) and Daniel Ryan (keyboards and cello) - have been traveling the road to Worcester with such musical gems since their inception over 20 years ago. The Old Post Road was the primary route for travel and commerce between Boston and New York from the late 1680s through 1849. Soprano Kristen Watson will join the ensemble for Sunday's concert, which will also be performed at 3 p.m. Saturday in Emmanuel Church, Boston. Tickets are $30; $25 students and seniors; free for children ages 7-17 with adult. Call (781) 466-6694 or visit

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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Dec 15, 2011
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