The Community Chorus of Elkin will hold its annual Christmas concert on Dec. 3 at the Elkin First United Methodist Church, 240 Hawthorne Road. Performances will be at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. with Amy Johnson and Amy Tayloe as accompanists and David McCollum sharing director credits with Tonya Smith.
“I am very excited about this year,” said Smith, who loves the traditional ending of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s “Messiah,” but thinks the audience will be pleased by other music as well.
“In addition to that, we’re doing more familiar tunes this year [like] ‘Joy To The World,’” said Smith, “some things that people recognize. Some carols are mixed in with other arrangements, so it’s going to be a little more of a traditional program which I’m excited about for the listeners.”
“’Go Tell It On the Mountain’ is one of my favorite ones,” said chorus publicist B.D. Reece. “The rhythm of it and the conglomeration of all the different [voices] altogether. It sounds really nice.”
That togetherness is part of what makes the performance so popular.
“It’s got a lot of wonderful music and a lot of great people singing,” said Reece. “The unity of all the different churches coming together, being together. It’s just a real family feel to it.”
“Part of the tradition of Community Chorus to me is voices of the community,” said Smith, “all voices.
“Anybody and everybody can come in saying it’s ecumenical, and just the fact that we’re keeping it traditional means something. It’s special to the people that participate and the people that traditionally attend, because they come to expect good things.”
“I think it’s going to be really great,” said Reece. “The music of the season, Christmas time. Putting it all together makes it what it is.”
For more information about the history of this free concert, go to communitychoruselkin.com/htmltxt/history.
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TBeanieTaylor.