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Stella Natalis by Karl Jenkins & Holiday Family Pops Concert • Manchester Choral Society & Orchestra • Dan Perkins, Director with guest, Randy Armstrong on World Percussion • Dec. 16th at 7pm & Dec. 17, 2023 at 3pm • First Congregational Church • Manchester, NH

December 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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One event on December 17, 2023 at 3:00 pm


STELLA NATALIS by Karl Jenkins & Holiday Pops Concert • Manchester Choral Society & Orchestra • Dan Perkins, Music Director with guest, Randy Armstrong on World Percussion • Dec.16, 2023 at 7pm & Dec. 17, 2023 at 3pm • First Congregational Church • 508 Union St. Manchester, NH 03104


Stella Natalis is Karl Jenkins’s 2009 work in twelve movements celebrating different aspects of Christmastide—winter, the sleeping child, tidings of peace, thanksgiving—with words ranging from the psalms to texts by Carol Barratt. Conveying the Christmas message of peace, goodwill, compassion and a new beginning, Stella natalis (star of birth) draws on an expanded palette of inspiration, including the Old Testament, Zulu text and reference to Hindu gods.

Manchester Choral Society

Established in 1961, the Manchester Choral Society is a non-profit, auditioned community choir and is proud to be a part of the rich choral tradition that contributes to the cultural community of New Hampshire.


The Manchester Choral Society is committed to sharing and promoting the best choral music of a variety of styles and periods through vibrant performances, collaboration, and educational and community outreach.  The organization is committed to diversity and inclusion through collaboration with BIPOC artists, as well as the performance and commissioning of works by composers from BIPOC communities (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color).


To seek relevance and hope through music
To bring communities together
To promote a sense of unity and peace

Guest Percussionist, Randy Armstrong performing on darbuka, riq, djembe, tambourine, cymbals, triangles, zils, frame drum, sleigh bells, kick drum, tom-toms (Honored to be performing with MCS and Dan Perkins, Director)


The Manchester Choral Society & Orchestra celebrate the holiday season with Stella Natalis, a multi-cultural work by British composer Karl Jenkins.

Its 12 movements celebrate different aspects of Christmas -winter, the sleeping child, tidings of peace, and thanksgiving – with texts ranging from Psalms, Zulu, and Hindu, to new words by Carol Barrett.

The second half of the program will feature holiday family pops favorites and an appearance by Santa Claus! Happy Holidays!

Adults $30
Seniors & Military $25
Students K-Undergraduate Free
$Pay what you are able
Online at mcsnh.org or at the door. 



December 16
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Manchester Choral Society
(603) 472-6627
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First Congegational Church
508 Union Street
Manchester, NH 03104 United States
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(603) 625-5093
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