Sacred Sounds of Christmas returns to Beav Friday
BEAVER CREEK – A group of Vail Valley natives are so happy to be home they’re gonna sing.
The third annual Sacred Sounds of Christmas concert is set for Friday evening in the Beaver Creek Chapel.
The concert features locals Sean Pack, Galen Jacobs, Dore Marrott, Molly Brooks, Kate Manley and Meghan Jacobs. They’ve spent their Christmas vacation rehearsing, after arriving home from colleges and program throughout the country.
Marott is the group’s musical director. She earned her Masters degree in music in voice/opera from University of Southern California. Her performing experience is extensive, including operas and Broadway musicals from New York to California. When she’s not doing this, she’s bouncing her new baby, son Brandt, her fourth.
She has put together an evening of sacred music that includes pieces from the early centuries to the present, along with chorale pieces with intricate harmonies. The music takes you along the journey of Mary and Joseph as they prepare for the birth of their child, with sets interspersed with brief Scripture readings, similar to the Nine Lessons and Carols program done by Kings College in England.
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Pack has been performing with the Vail Performing Arts Academy and Vail Valley Theatre Company almost since he could walk … or dance. He is now a senior at Carnegie Mellon University, majoring in voice and minoring in music composition.
Pack spent his summer performing in the New England area in such musicals such as Hairspray.
Galen Jacobs is a vocal performance major at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. Locals will remember him as Marius in Les Miserables and Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
These days, he’s appearing in college operas and is the musical director in his college’s acapella group, “Idiosingracies,” which took first place in the Mile High Jam Vocal Competition last month. He studied piano under Peter Vavra, and will accompany himself on “Midnight Clear” as arranged by Josh Groban.
Meghan Jacobs is a sophomore voice major at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. She has been the lead in local musicals since the seventh grade, including Sara in Guys and Dolls and Marion Paroo in The Music Man. Meghan and Galen have formed their own wedding music business, “Forte’ Music of Colorado,” and stay busy in the summer singing for weddings around the area.
Brooks graduated the University of Colorado at Boulder and has studied voice since middle school under Maxine Graboyes. She appeared as Cosette in Les Miserables and Cinderella in Into the Woods, and sings regularly for the congregation at the Episcopal Church.
Manley is a freshman at the University of Colorado as a voice major in the School of Music. She prepared for college by spending summers studying at such renowned summer music programs as Interlochen and Tanglewood. She also was a regular performer, along with many of the other Sacred Sound’s performers, at Vail’s Cabaret Nights for many years.
The musicians accompanying the group is equally impressive, including Elizabeth Sadilek-Labenski, a flutist with her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins’ Peabody Institute. Graham Ohlson joins them on the cello. He graduated the music program at St. Olaf in Minnesota. Dawn Poff plays piano. She attended The Juilliard School.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.