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By Dale Schwicker
Special to The PREVIEW
The joy, warmth and meaning of Christmas will come to life at the Pagosa Springs Community Choir’s annual Christmas Concert.
“Come on, It’s Christmas” will be presented Dec. 6, 7 and 8 in the Pagosa Springs High School auditorium. The Dec. 6 and 7 concerts are at 7 p.m. and the Dec. 8 concert is a matinee at 4 p.m.
As in previous years, the concert will be a blend of music styles, all celebrating the Christmas season.
The religious numbers include the inspirational selections “Gloria! Sing Praise! Allelluia!” and “Glad Tidings of Joy.”
Secular selections like “Christmas Is for Children” and “Home for the Holidays” will warm your hearts.
Exciting new arrangements of such old standards as “Joy to the World” and “Silent Night” are a part of the program. The choir will also be singing several upbeat selections like “African Star Carol” and “Carol of the Kings.”
The choir is again being directed by Dan Burch and accompanied by Venita Burch. Faith Richardson will provide the sign language accompaniment as the choir sings, and the concert will be narrated by Dale Schwicker.
An added attraction to this year’s concert is the newly formed Pagosa Springs Girls Choir under direction of Linda Parker and accompanied by Sally Neel. The choir members range from fifth to eighth grade students, and they will be singing “Winter Fantasy,” “Stars Are for Those Who Lift Their Eyes” and “The Twelve Days After Christmas.”
To open the concert, the Jazz Ensemble will sing “Sleigh Ride” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” As is tradition, the choir will sing the second half of the concert, “in the round.” This intimate musical format is always a favorite part of the performance.
You are invited to get your holiday season started off right. All concerts are free and open to the public. However, the choir always welcomes your donations, which make our concerts possible and allow the choir to provide vocal scholarships and support the music programs in our public schools.