AMERICAN FORK European "Twelfth Night" tradition, celebrated musically at the Alpine Tabernacle, offers a final chance to say farewell to the Christmas season.
What is Twelfth Night? Contrary to what most people believe, "The 12 days of Christmas" actually begin on Christmas Day. Twelfth Night is the evening of the 12th day of Christmas (Jan. 5), and in many parts of the world it is a traditional holiday for saying goodbye to the Christmas season in preparation for the visit of the three kings on Jan. 6. In rural parts of England it is a night for singing carols, wassailing the fruit trees and having whistling contests. It is a traditional night to put away Christmas decorations and burn the Christmas greens.
"Many people are so busy during the days leading up to Christmas that they don't have time to really enjoy it. Trying to 'shoehorn' another event in before Christmas just didn't seem like a good idea. When I learned about the overseas traditions surrounding Twelfth Night, it seemed like a perfect solution and a great way to wrap up the Christmas season," said concert organizer M. Ryan Taylor.
The concert will feat ure Taylor's newly organized choral group, Phoenix Rising, as well as the American Fork Children's Choir, soprano Clara Hurtado Lee, guitarist Gary Gerber, mezzo Ruth Christensen and organist Neil Thornock. The musical mix will include familiar carols, Christmas music of the Renaissance, as well as the world premieres of several new Christmas works by Taylor and Christian Asplund.
The audience will also have a chance to learn about old Twelfth Night traditions. Members of the audience may choose to compete in a whistling contest to win a grand prize (whistlers will be asked to give their rendition of a favorite carol and will be judged on purity of tone and embellishment). All audience members will get to sing along with the choir, organ and brass on some favorite carols.The concert is sponsored by VocalWorks.org and the American Fork Arts Council.
If you go . . .
What: "Twelfth Night"
Where: Alpine Tabernacle, 100 East and Main St., American Fork
When: 7 p.m., Jan. 5