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North East Texas Choral Society presents ‘Joy to the World’

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Friday's concert at Lake Fork Baptist Church

North East Texas Choral Society is going on the road for one of this year's Christmas concerts. They will be performing “Joy to the World” on Friday, Dec. 6, at Lake Fork Baptist Church. It’s a chance for the group to reach out to new audiences.

“It’s really a golden opportunity to reach people around the lake who just might not want to get out of their recliners on a wintry evening to come to Sulphur Springs,” said Carol Allen, NETCS’ musical director. “It seems easier to go right down the road. We are delighted to sing for a new audience.”

The group's additional shows will be back home at Hopkins County Regional Civic Center on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. 

First year singers Sharon Feldt and Luis Noble are honored to be part of the happiness.

“I've sung in large choral groups before,” Feldt said explained. “It is definitely a privilege to sing with the talented musicians in this group.”

Noble, who sang in the Baylor Men's Chorus, agrees.

“Joining NETCS is like joining a big, musical family,” he said. “I had some trepidation, but the singers welcomed me with open arms.”

Feldt and Noble have high praise for Allen and enjoy the feeling singing with a group provides.  

“Carol has chosen such beautiful music and directs the group in a way that the dynamics of the music and the blending of the voices make the songs come alive,” Felt explained. “It makes us want to jump into the music. It evokes every good feeling in you.”

Noble likens the feeling he gets after rehearsal to a runner's high.

“It creates a serenity that does a lot for the soul,” he said. 

Deanna Spraggins, who serves as one of NETCS' accompanists, hopes to share those good feelings. 

“The music is glorious,” Spraggins said. “I hope we convey the title, 'Joy,' to the audiences.” 

Helping Spraggins out this year will be Leslie Benton.

“We are only having keyboard and drums this year,” Spraggins explained. “Having Leslie will be exciting.”

Since she is able to do instrumentation through her keyboard, Spraggins hopes that she “supports the choir with accompaniment that will not only strengthen the singers, but add the sparkle and brilliance of the brass, intensity of the strings and velvety smoothness of the flute and oboe to help the audience experience the 'Joy' of the glory of God or the stillness of that special silent night so long ago.”




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