REVIEW: Schola Cantorum performs music for the 'best time of year'

Published: Friday, December 21, 2012 at 02:14 PM.

“She did that so well we’re going to let her sing a stanza in French by herself,” Leatherwood said as he introduced “Quelle est cette Odeur Agréable?” (Whence is that goodly fragrance flowing?), a French traditional carol.

I was pleased the group included “Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow,” which I have enjoyed in previous Schola Cantorum Christmas concerts. It’s always nice to hear the perky spiritual, which in this rendition featured the men getting in a little choral doo-wop.

Announcing, “Now we’ll go into the other kind of pieces — the recognizable ones,” Leatherwood led the group into the title song and the hysterically funny, “The Twelve Days After Christmas,” which begins by telling the listener that the singer and her lover had a fight. The days leading up to the twelfth day of Christmas generally involve cooking the birds and shipping back the maids a-milking, lords a-leaping, et. al., made famous in “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

(It’s actually a bit erroneous, because “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is actually a count up to Twelfth Night, not a count down to Dec. 25.)

During its four-concert performance schedule, Schola Cantorum performed before one of the largest audiences I have seen turn out in Crestview. That’s a good sign. Seems more and more people realize the cards, cookies and gift wrapping can wait while we pause to refresh ourselves in the really important parts of the holiday.

Contact News Bulletin Arts & Entertainment Editor Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.

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