Chorale ready for annual Christmas concert
OJ Stapleton Editor
This weekend, the deGraffenried Chorale will be presenting its annual Christmas concert.
This year’s concert is titled “Sing ‘Gloria’” and will take place at the United Methodist Temple at 2:20 p.m.
The concert is titled after the major work which will end the program, “Gloria” by John Rutter.
“It’s in three movements and we’ll be using the pipe organ for it,” said director Mary Beth Dowden. “It is a very difficult, but satisfying work.”
The piece will be sung in Latin, but the English translation will be available in the program at the event.
This year the chorale will be performing no secular music as part of the Christmas show.
“We’re kind of telling the Christmas story in a way,” Dowden said. “We’ll begin with a song about the prophecy of Jesus and then we will have something about Mary and the shepherds and the kinds and a lullaby for the baby Jesus.”
There will also be traditional Christmas carols that everyone knows such as “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “The First Noel” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.”
“These are the songs that everybody loves and we have some very lovely arrangements of them,” Dowden said.
There will also be two other pieces by Rutter other than the final major work.
“His Christmas music for choirs is unbelievably beautiful,” Dowden said. “I think this is something that everybody would love to hear.”
The deGraffenreid Chorale is currently in its 30th year. The group, made up entirely of talented volunteers, has been working on the Christmas concert since early September.
“It’s hard when you have a group of adults that are volunteers, but most people are really faithful and have put a lot of hard work into this,” Dowden said.
Because of recent changes to the group’s bylaws, talented high school students are now a part of the chorale.
“We’ve been happy with our change in our bylaws that we were able to add some outstanding young singers,” Dowden said.
This year’s Christmas concert will include vocalists from both Russellville and Logan County high schools.
Some of the soloists for the concert include Iris Perez, Elizabeth Teel, Susan Alpress, Joshua Balwdwin and Myra Alcott.
The accompanist on the piano and organ will be Susan Fox.
As always, the concert is free to the public, but the Chorale will be accepting tax deductible donations.
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