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Marshall is Christmas music: Welcome the season with the Marshall Community Chorus

Friday, December 14, 2012

Marshall Community Chorus, with special guests Marshall High School Choraliers and MHS Singers perform during a previous Christmas concert. The choirs will collaborate again Dec. 15-16 to bring new and familiar Christmas music to audiences.
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Continuing the celebration of its 25th season the Marshall Community Chorus is busy preparing for its annual holiday concerts at the First Baptist Church of Marshall, according to a news release from the chorus.

This year's concerts will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m.

"A Christmas Spectacular" is the theme of this year's concerts featuring the 50-voice choir under the direction of Ron Sayer and accompanied by Julie Lewis at the piano.

Joining them on the concert this year will be their guests the Marshall High School Choraliers and Singers under the direction of Joel Schilb, as well as a number of area instrumentalists.

This year marks the 12th year that the Marshall Community Chorus has presented its Christmas concert in this format.

The double concert with invited guests began in 2001 shortly after Sayer took over the helm of the chorus from retiring director Marie Boedeker.

"The idea was to share the many talents of our community with as many people as we could during the Christmas season" Sayer said. So the concert format has continued since then with slight changes and additions each year.

"We had a narrator for several seasons and we have performed with and without instrumental accompanists" Sayer said, "but the premise has always been the same, present beautiful Christmas music in a dignified and tasteful manner."

This year's concert will feature music familiar and new in settings that will help focus attention

on the meaning of the season.

The first part of the concert will focus on the Christmas story itself as it has been represented by composers over the centuries.

The finale of the concert will feature the high school choirs and the community chorus in traditional carols and anthems.

The concerts are free and open to the public. The performance venue is provided courtesy of the First Baptist Church of Marshall and is decorated by Sheila Ruff.

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In light of the horrible events in Connecticut yesterday and events around the world at this time of peace and goodwill, music can be a soothing friend when we hurt or are in need. What a wonderful way to spend an evening, listening to beautiful music, healing my soul. Hope everyone will find time to join the MCC this weekend for a little therapy.

-- Posted by momaster on Sat, Dec 15, 2012, at 9:57 AM

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