An annual tradition, this year’s performance by the 13-member Solstice Singers on December 21 and 22 was a delight. Held in the 1878-built Woods Hole Community Hall, audiences were treated to a potpourri of musical pieces in the style of the Renaissance.
Performances included a variety of songs by the Solstice Singers – from soulful to silly – and an elegant dance by three couples.
Instrumentals and accompaniment by Ensemble Passacaglia blended beautifully with the light voices: Jan Elliott on recorder, Lisa Esperson on percussion, Molly Johnston on viola da gamba, and Tom Hanna on lute.
A solo by baritone Dan Hotchkiss enchanted the audience.
The second set began with a traditional dance by Vineyard Swordfish led by Jan Elliott.
An annual favorite, the Boars Head song and processional has been sung by the group since its founding 21 years ago
A new twist this year was a mini-play written and directed by singer Wendell Bishop, with acting by a handful of the singers.
The lilting voices of the Solstice children, all of whom have participated for a number years, rounded out the show.
Kudos to artistic director Lore Loftfield DeBower and to all performers for presenting such a colorful and entertaining show in celebration of the winter solstice.