“Holiday Classics in 21st Century Gift Wrap” – a concert by the Longmont Chorale at 3p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 at LifeBridge Christian Church in Longmont, will feature new arrangements of holiday favorites. Every traditional song or carol in the program has been arranged or written since 2000.
The annual holiday concert is one of the Chorale’s most popular of the year, and it has special meaning for the singers. “For some, Santa’s appearance at the end of the parade means the start of the Christmas season”, says Bob Balsman, president of the Longmont Chorale’s board, “but for me and many in the Chorale, Christmas hasn’t started until we get to sing for our audience!”
The concert program includes “Deck the Halls” from a new Pentatonix arrangement; “Fum, Fum, Fum” accompanied by piano four-hands; “Away in a Manger” arranged by Ola Gjeilo; “The Holly and the Ivy” arranged for a cappella choir earlier this year by Matthew Culloton, and “Silent Night”, arranged by Shawn Kirchner.
The Longmont Chorale will be joined again by audience favorites Apollo Chamber Brass. The brass quintet will perform selections with the Longmont Chorale and on their own during the concert. The talented first-place winners of the Chorale’s annual Youth Vocal Competition’s high school and middle school divisions will also perform.
Scott Hamlin, the chorale’s artistic director says, “Come to hear many of your favorite holiday songs in new and refreshing arrangements, as the Longmont Chorale looks forward to breathing new life into classics of the season!”
The concert will be held at LifeBridge Christian Church on Sunday, December 2 at 3PM. Concert tickets and information are both available at LongmontChorale.org/Tickets.
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