Cantigas Women’s Choir to hold annual winter concert on Dec. 15

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Hudson County’s Cantigas Women’s Choir will present its 17th annual winter concert titled “To My Mother, The Rose on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. 440 Hoboken Ave., Jersey City.

In artistic director Hannah Carr’s Cantigas debut, the festive concert will celebrate the season and tell the story of the Mother.

“At the time that I was planning the program, I was pregnant, and far away from my own mother,” Carr remembers. “Anticipating motherhood gave me a renewed appreciation for my mother and the sacrifices she made for us. This is a dedication to all mothers who gave everything in the name of love.”

The lineup takes audience members on a musical journey, spanning centuries and continents – with pieces sung in French, Russian, and Macedonian, among many others.

“The variety of genres that Cantigas performs is part of what makes it special. You don’t get to hear Macedonian folk songs performed by a choir every day,” said Carr. “I hope the audience will appreciate the number of countries we visit with these songs.”

The winter concert is family-friendly, and will include audience participation for holiday classics.

If individual assistance is needed to attend, please contact cantigaschoir@gmail.com three  days in advance. The suggested donation for the concert is $20 ($10 for seniors and students).

Cantigas Women’s Choir, named after a medieval Spanish song form called a “cantiga,” is composed of about 50 women of varying ages and backgrounds, and brings women of the community together to explore the rich tradition of women’s singing. The group performs a broad spectrum of global music.

In addition to its own biannual concerts, the ensemble reaches out to community groups, including at the Cussack Home in Jersey City, on behalf of cancer survivors in Bayonne, and the Liberty Humane Society in Jersey City. Cantigas has also performed frequently at the NJ State Correctional Facility for women.

The Cantigas Choir’s official website is at www.cantigas.net