|Choral Society starting the season on a high
Annual concert promises to be ‘intensely Christmas'
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Nov. 25, 2005 -- If you want to kick off the Christmas holiday on a high note, you can't do much better than the North East Texas Choral Society's annual Christmas concert.
This year's concert, entitled "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like ... " will be performed twice, first at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, then again at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in the concert hall at Hopkins County Regional Civic Center.
"'It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like ... ', and every heart and every family will fill in the rest a little differently," said Carol Allen, Choral Society music director. "For some -- definitely for kids -- it will be toys and Santa and maybe even more. Adults like the time off, and all of us hope and pray for a rain this season. Every heart has its wish."
The concert will be "intensely Christmas" with a lot of old favorites such as "Sleigh Ride," "Jingle Bells," "Let It Snow," "Caroling, Caroling," "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" and, of course, "White Christmas."
The program is described as a very kid-friendly performance featuring the vocal talents of the NETCS members, and generally includes an array of stylings and twists to keep things moving along in holiday cheer.
Denisio Mala is slated for a special guest performance with Allen. They will be singing the highly requested "The Prayer," hailed by Choral Society member Linda Riddle as "a show stopper" not to be missed. The number is being reprised for the first time in five years at the request of Choral Society fans.
The Choral Society will also be performing a "really beautiful setting" of "O Holy Night."
"There will be audience sing-a-long moments in which the audience will have a way to accompany the choir," Allen said. "It's a lot of fun and joy."
This year, through a generous gift from a Mount Vernon resident, the Choral Society is able to offer a block of 30 free tickets through the Sulphur Springs school system for students and individuals interested in attending, and another block of tickets for the Mount Pleasant-Mount Vernon area.
"It is our fondest hope and wish that everybody will bring a child, bring a mother, a neighbor who maybe doesn't go out much, a Sunday school class, dinner clubs, various civic clubs," Allen said. "It's a great way to get your Christmas season off to a holly, jolly start."
"Christmas is the one time of the year, besides maybe Easter, when choral music is a perfect way to receive the holiday season with both secular and sacred songs," she urged. "Come and see your contemporaries, the people you work with and go to church with, singing the joy of the season in concert.”
Those planning to attend the Sunday performance should note that the concert has been moved up an hour from its usual time, and will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3. That will allow time for those attending the approximately 90-minute concert to get home without having to drive in the darker evening hours.
Tickets are available in advance from any Choral Society member for $5 for children under 12, and $10 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at the door the day of the concert for $7 for children under 12 and $12 for adults. Tickets may also be purchased at local banks and First United Methodist Church.
Although not required for admission, the Choral Society hopes those attending will also help support Hopkins County Christian Alliance and Hopkins County Community Cupboard by donating nonperishable or canned food items in the collection boxes located in the Civic Center lobby on the concert days. All food collected will stay in Hopkins County, according to Riddle.
Also on sale during the concert will be NETCS CDs featuring performances from previous concerts.