Tomell: You've included a work by John Rutter, who heard your choir perform on its tour in England this summer? [Rutter, famed composer, has been guest conductor of the St. Charles Singers on several occasions.]
Hunt: In Cambridge, he came to our concert. He's such a genuine person – [he's] remarkable [and] this carol is too – his way of arranging and shaping the voices. [It's called] 'The Holly and the Ivy.' I'd never seen it in print. It [recently] became available in this collection of world carols we're doing. It's one of his earlier carols in the 1970s, when he had just started to write. [There's] just a youthful freshness to it.
St. Charles Singers members from the immediate area include sopranos Jeanne Fornari of Batavia, Cynthia Spiegel of La Fox and AnDréa James of St. Charles; altos Margaret Fox of Batavia, Mary Kunstman of Elburn and Jennifer Hunt of St. Charles; tenors Bradley Staker of Elburn, Aaron James of St. Charles and David Hunt of Wayne; and basses Brandon Fox of Batavia and Michael Popplewell of North Aurora.
If you go
WHAT: St. Charles Singers' “Candlelight Carols”
WHERE: Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles, and Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 3 in St. Charles; and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in Chicago
COST: $35 for adult general admission, $30 for seniors age 65 and older, and $10 for students
INFO: Tickets and information at stcharlessingers.com and 630-513-5272. Tickets also are available at Townhouse Books, 105 N. Second Ave., St. Charles, with checks or cash only at this ticket venue. Tickets may be purchased at the concert, depending on availability.