If the North East Texas Choral Society's Christmas concert is not on your annual list of things to do during the holidays, you're missing out on something very special - and this weekend, you missed the chance to see them singing in their very best Christmas morning pajamas.
Director Carol Allen, her singers and band bring a great deal of talent, joy and laughter to the Hopkins County area each December. Who else would even consider the idea of a concert in their pj's? It's part of what makes the group so special.
In addition to traditional Christmas music, the group always introduces something new and special. This year, it was an a capella version of the "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" ... without words ... just the notes. Priceless. Their rousing rendition of "Goin' to Bethlehem" was also a high point in the program.
The stage and foyer were full of presents for the Empty Stocking Fund. Choral Society spent $1,000 on toys. Individual members also donated toys, as did audience members. What a way to share the bounty we've been given with those less fortunate.
Another standout was Denise Stuart's piano solo of Harry Connick Jr.'s arrangement of "Winter Wonderland" from the movie "When Harry Met Sally." Stuart said she had wanted to play the piece for some 20 years, but she didn't find the sheet music until recently. The audience and I agree ... it was worth the wait.
This area is home to a lot of talented people ... we are so lucky they are willing to share their gifts with the rest of us.
Spending an afternoon with the North East Texas Choral Society is a great way to kick off the holiday season. Thank you to everyone involved. Good show.
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