Houston Chamber Choir presents The Wondrous Gift is Given: Christmas at the Villa at Villa de Matel

Five holiday concerts held from Dec. 7-9 with specials guests the Treble Choir of Houston and Apollo Chamber Players

WHAT: An eagerly awaited holiday tradition, Houston Chamber Choir’s annual The Wondrous Gift is Given: Christmas at the Villa features five stunning holiday concerts the weekend of Dec. 7-9. Beloved carols and works destined to become classics are offered by the Chamber Choir in the serene beauty of the Chapel of the Villa de Matel. Joining us for the matinee performances is the Treble Choir of Houston<https://www.treblechoir.com/> at Christ Church Cathedral, an all-female choir of students in grades 6 – 12, directed by Marianna Parnas-Simpson. The evening performances will feature the highly popular and wildly talented Apollo Chamber Players<http://www.apollochamberplayers.org/>, a Houston-based string quartet. Guests can also purchase the Chamber Choir’s Christmas CD at any of the performances.
In the giving spirit of the holidays, the Houston Chamber Choir<http://www.houstonchamberchoir.org> is asking patrons to bring items to donate to The Beacon, a nonprofit in downtown Houston that works to end homelessness and restore hope. Needed are disposable razors, new socks, toiletries, medical scrubs and bath towels.

WHO: The professional men and women singers of the Houston Chamber Choir will be led by conductor Robert Simpson. He is founder and artistic director of the Houston Chamber Choir and Canon for Music at historic Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal in Houston). The Choir will be joined by the Treble Choir of Houston, directed by Mariana Parnas-Simpson and the Apollo Chamber Players, a string quartet.

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 7 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8 – 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 9 – 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Chapel at the Villa de Matel; 6510 Lawndale St., Houston, 77023

TARIFF: Tickets to the event are $40. Discounts are available for seniors, first responders, music educators and students. Please go to our website at houstonchamberchoir.org<https://houstonchamberchoir.secure.force.com/ticket/#details_a0S4A00000T4l76UAB> to purchase.

MORE: For parking: All vehicles must enter through the main gate to the Villa de Matel on Lawndale Street. Free parking is available on site. The parking lot is located in the Northwest corner of the Villa de Matel campus. There will be golf cart shuttles to assist you from the parking lot to the chapel if needed.
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About Houston Chamber Choir

Houston Chamber Choir presents The Wondrous Gift is Given: Christmas at the Villa Dec. 7-9 with five concerts, including two matinees, all at the Chapel of the Villa de Matel. Specials guests include the Treble Choir of Houston and Apollo Chamber Players.

The Houston Chamber Choir has established itself as one of the premier professional choirs in the United States, serving Houston through concerts and educational initiatives that enlighten, entertain, and educate people of all ages. Winner of Chorus America’s 2018 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, it has been described by The Tallis Scholars founder Peter Phillips as “one of this country’s leading ensembles.” The Choir also received The American Prize for best choral performance in the country and its Artistic Director Robert Simpson received the award in the conducting category in 2015. The Chamber Choir recently finished recording their fifth CD, The Complete Choral Works of Maurice Duruflé, with organist Ken Cowan in April 2018.
Led by Artistic Director Robert Simpson, the Houston Chamber Choir is composed of 20 professional singers, most of whom have studied at the top music schools and conservatories in the United States including Julliard, New England Conservatory, University of Houston, and the University of Texas. These musicians are selected through rigorous auditions from the finest singers in our region and are compensated for all rehearsals and performances.