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Old North Festival Chorus

-- 2022 Holiday Concerts Announced --
Mark your calendars now!

The 42nd annual Old North Festival Chorus Christmas Concerts—presented each year as part of Marblehead’s Christmas Walk—will take place on Saturday, December 3 at 8pm, and Sunday, December 4 at 7:30pm in the sanctuary of the historic Old North Church Meeting House, 35 Washington Street, Marblehead, MA.  Highlights of the December 2022 Festival Chorus Concerts—for chorus and full orchestra—include: Missa in Angustiis (Lord Nelson Mass) by Franz Joseph Haydn; A Musicological Journey Through the Twelve Days of Christmas, by Craig Courtney; and arrangements of seasonal music for chorus and orchestra with audience participation.  Featured soloists include Holly Cameron, soprano; Gabriela Fagen, mezzo-soprano; Frankie Campofelice, tenor; and Michael Galvin, bass.


The Old North Festival Orchestra, Soloists, and 70-voice Chorus will be led by Maria van Kalken, Minister of Music at Old North Church, who celebrates her 34th season as Director of the Festival Chorus!

The Festival Chorus gathers Old North’s Senior Choir together with enthusiastic singers—amateur to professional—from many neighboring communities in Marblehead.  Each season, the Festival Chorus welcomes new voices while maintaining a devoted ensemble from previous years; this season’s Chorus totals over one hundred participants.  Encouraged by a love for music and a reputation as the North Shore’s most spirited and talented volunteer choirs, the Festival Chorus & Orchestra has been lauded for its outstanding performances of major choral works each year.


Picturesque Marblehead offers the perfect backdrop at holiday time for the popular Festival Chorus concerts.  The entire town is transformed into an enchanted village, with shop owners offering hot cider and cheer, plenty of holiday music to delight shoppers, and, the not-to-be-missed Festival Chorus concerts.

Director Maria van Kalken holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from the Oberlin and New England Conservatories of Music—primarily under the tutelage of the late Yuko Hayashi and the late Donald Teeters—and has amassed an education abroad in Amsterdam (Holland) and Pistoia (Italy).

Tickets for Festival Chorus performances are priced at $30 and may be purchased in advance at the following Marblehead business locations: Arnould Gallery and Crosby’s Marketplacetickets may also be purchased on line HERE. Finally, tickets may be reserved in advance by calling 781-608-2782.


​​​While ticket buyers are encouraged to wear masks at these public performances, masks are optional.

The Old North Festival Chorus is supported, in part, by a grant from the Marblehead Cultural Council as administered through the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


Old North Church is accessible for the physically impaired.



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