Hancock Family Christmas concert 

Bass-baritone Mark Andrew Cleveland to headline performance

  • The Hancock family Christmas concert is scheduled for Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. Courtesy

Thursday, December 06, 2018 12:40PM

“Sing We Joyous All Together” celebrates the holiday spirit at the Hancock family Christmas concert at 4 p.m. on Dec. 15.

The backbone of this popular annual event is singing by Music on Norway Pond choruses, young and old. Both the Junior Mints and the Norway Pond Festival Singer, led by Jody Hill Simpson of Hancock, will perform, as well as the Village Ringers and 18 singers from the ConVal High School select choir.

Headlining this year’s performance of Robert Chilcott’s moving cantata “Wenceslas,” all about the generosity and kindness of a legendary king, is bass-baritone Mark Andrew Cleveland. A versatile performer whose repertoire ranges from chant to contemporary works and oratorio to opera, Cleveland has performed extensively throughout New England and teaches voice at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, Phillips Exeter Academy, and St. Paul’s School.

“And the frosting on the cake” according to Simpson, “is an appearance by the Brooklyn duo Liam Robinson and Jean Rohe, who sing and play guitar and banjo like no one I have ever heard (although I do think a little of Simon and Garfunkel when I listen to their music). With powerful lyrics and haunting harmonies woven into songs about tradition, love, and land, they add a richness that is earthy and immediate to this year’s concert.”

The audience will also have several unusual opportunities to join the singing.

The doors at the Hancock Meeting House open at 3:30 p.m. for this popular event. While there is no admission charge, donations ($20 per family) are most welcome to help defray the costs of this concert.