Follow the notes

Northeast Texas Choral Society bringing gladness to the holiday season

By TERRY MATHEWS | News-Telegram Arts Editor

Nov 4, 2007 - The holidays have arrived early for the Northeast Texas Choral Society. Celebrating their 10th anniversary, the group is hard at work on their annual Christmas program, planned for Dec. 1 and 2 at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center.

Staff Photo by Terry Mathews

A new sign announcing the upcoming Northeast Texas Choral Society’s “A Victorian Christmas” concert was put up Friday on South Broadway Street, just south of Interstate 30.

�The Christmas Season needs to be full of happiness,� Music Director Carol Allen said. �For 90 minutes during our show, we want the gladness of the season to flow over everyone.�

The theme for this year's show is “A Victorian Christmas,” and the chorus plans to pull out all the stops.

�The minute you walk through the doors, the show begins,� said Allen. �We're going to set the mood with Christmas greenery, a decorated tree, poinsettias, mulled cider, Christmas cookies and ushers in full Victorian costumes.�

Mary Groner and Suzy Hamilton have volunteered to decorate the lobby with all the traditional holiday trimmings, according to Allen. 

The group has rented period costumes from NorCosCo, the largest costumer in North America. Everyone from the ushers to the singers and even their accompanist, Denise Grammer, will be dressed in period attire.

Musically, there will be something to satisfy everyone’s holiday wishes.

�In keeping with the theme, we're going to have traditional Christmas carols and some modern music,� Allen said. �We have some very special entertainment planned, too.��

Allen has recruited four local bank presidents to sing a number.

�Tom Sellers of Alliance Bank, Lee Teetes of City National Bank, David Brewer of Community Bank and Craig Roberts of Guaranty Bond Bank, are going to perform a very special number,� Allen said. �It's going to be great.�

Sarah Foster Fox, one of the choral society’s original members who now lives in the Dallas area, will return to perform the perennial favorite, “O, Holy Night.” 

Allen also plans to put down her director’s baton and sing a holiday number.

In addition to the special performances, the group has added a new segment to the program.

�We're going to have a sing-a-long for children in the audience,� Allen said. �We've never done this before, and we're so excited.�

Children will be invited from the audience onto the stage to sing with the choral society, with full accompaniment by the orchestra.

�As the children leave the stage, they'll receive a small surprise by our very special guest,� Allen said.

The choral society enjoys widespread community support.

On Friday, an advertisement for the concert went up on the billboard next to Chili's.

�We're really excited about the billboard,� Allen said. �Craig Johnson agreed to underwrite the costs for it.�

The family of Mickey and Barbara McKenzie has chosen to underwrite a majority of the costs for this year’s show.

�The McKenzie family has begun a new tradition,� Director Allen said. �We�re officially going to be �The McKenzie Family Christmas Concert,� with the predominance of the production costs underwritten by Mickey and Barbara. This is a gift not just to choral society, but to our community, for sustaining live arts performance in Hopkins and surrounding counties.�

�This week, Judge [Cletis] Millsap is going to issue a proclamation that officially announces the opening of the Christmas season,� Allen said. �Then, the 'notes' go up.�

The 'notes' will line the roadways to the Civic Center. Choral Society members will have magnetic signs on their cars saying “Follow the notes! Concert Coming Soon,” with the society's website and a phone number to call for tickets.

�A Victorian Christmas� will be performed on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.�

Tickets for “A Victorian Christmas” are available from an Choral Society member, at the Civic Center or in the lobby of all local banks. 

Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets at the door are $12 for adults and $7 for children. 

Poinsettias from the show will be available for purchase after the Sunday show.

For information on future shows, check out the group's recently updated website, www.netchoral.org or call 903-885-2949.


By TERRY MATHEWS | News-Telegram Arts Editor

The holidays have arrived early for the Northeast Texas Choral Society. Celebrating their 10th anniversary, the group is hard at work on their annual Christmas program, planned for Dec. 1 and 2 at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center.

�The Christmas Season needs to be full of happiness,� Music Director Carol Allen said. �For 90 minutes during our show, we want the gladness of the season to flow over everyone.�

The theme for this year's show is “A Victorian Christmas,” and the chorus plans to pull out all the stops.

�The minute you walk through the doors, the show begins,� said Allen. �We're going to set the mood with Christmas greenery, a decorated tree, poinsettias, mulled cider, Christmas cookies and ushers in full Victorian costumes.�

Mary Groner and Suzy Hamilton have volunteered to decorate the lobby with all the traditional holiday trimmings, according to Allen. 

The group has rented period costumes from NorCosCo, the largest costumer in North America. Everyone from the ushers to the singers and even their accompanist, Denise Grammer, will be dressed in period attire.

Musically, there will be something to satisfy everyone’s holiday wishes.

�In keeping with the theme, we're going to have traditional Christmas carols and some modern music,� Allen said. �We have some very special entertainment planned, too.��

Allen has recruited four local bank presidents to sing a number.

�Tom Sellers of Alliance Bank, Lee Teetes of City National Bank, David Brewer of Community Bank and Craig Roberts of Guaranty Bond Bank, are going to perform a very special number,� Allen said. �It's going to be great.�

Sarah Foster Fox, one of the choral society’s original members who now lives in the Dallas area, will return to perform the perennial favorite, “O, Holy Night.” 

Allen also plans to put down her director’s baton and sing a holiday number.

In addition to the special performances, the group has added a new segment to the program.

�We're going to have a sing-a-long for children in the audience,� Allen said. �We've never done this before, and we're so excited.�

Children will be invited from the audience onto the stage to sing with the choral society, with full accompaniment by the orchestra.

�As the children leave the stage, they'll receive a small surprise by our very special guest,� Allen said.

The choral society enjoys widespread community support.

On Friday, an advertisement for the concert went up on the billboard next to Chili's.

�We're really excited about the billboard,� Allen said. �Craig Johnson agreed to underwrite the costs for it.�

The family of Mickey and Barbara McKenzie has chosen to underwrite a majority of the costs for this year’s show.

�The McKenzie family has begun a new tradition,� Director Allen said. �We�re officially going to be �The McKenzie Family Christmas Concert,� with the predominance of the production costs underwritten by Mickey and Barbara. This is a gift not just to choral society, but to our community, for sustaining live arts performance in Hopkins and surrounding counties.�

�This week, Judge [Cletis] Millsap is going to issue a proclamation that officially announces the opening of the Christmas season,� Allen said. �Then, the 'notes' go up.�

The 'notes' will line the roadways to the Civic Center. Choral Society members will have magnetic signs on their cars saying “Follow the notes! Concert Coming Soon,” with the society's website and a phone number to call for tickets.

�A Victorian Christmas� will be performed on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.�

Tickets for “A Victorian Christmas” are available from an Choral Society member, at the Civic Center or in the lobby of all local banks. 

Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets at the door are $12 for adults and $7 for children. 

Poinsettias from the show will be available for purchase after the Sunday show.

For information on future shows, check out the group's recently updated website, www.netchoral.org or call 903-885-2949.

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