Celebration Singers Present 14th Annual Holiday Concert December 7 On-Stage at Abilene’s Paramount Theatre

Celebration Singers Present 14th Annual Holiday Concert December 7 On-Stage at Abilene’s Paramount Theatre

By David Swearingen

 

 

 

ABILENE – Celebration Singers, the Big Country’s premiere show choir, will present its 14th Annual Holiday Concert at the Paramount Theatre on Tuesday evening, December 7, at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the concert is free and open to the public with a complementary ticket available from choir members, many local churches, and nine public/private event sponsors.NOTE: To help kick-off the holiday season in Abilene, Celebration Singers also will perform selected music and carols at First Financial Bank on Tuesday, November 30, during the City’s annual Christmas Tree lighting as part of “City Sidewalks,” starting at 5:30 p.m. in the downtown business district.{{more}}“Christmas Is Love” – our 2010 holiday concert theme on December 7 – will feature a wide-ranging repertoire of classic Christmas songs and carols, as well as a special focus on the Nativity to help remind all of us about the importance of the year-end holiday season,” said BillHughes, president of Celebration Singers. “This concert is very important to us. It is our group’s annual holiday ‘gift’ to the community, and we practice diligently throughout the fall season to help make this a special evening for our Abilene-area friends and neighbors,” he said.The 2010 show features the full 45-member choir, as well as small group ensembles dressed in seasonal costumes and attire. Music to be performed during the evening is by well- known contemporary composers, including Meredith Willson, Jay Rouse, Eddie Pola and George Wylie, Greg Gilpin, and John Rutter. Special Christmas classics will include “O Come, O Come Immanuel,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “We Three Kings of Orient Are,” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” Mr. Hughes also noted the concert will feature a contemporary carol, “Mary Did You Know?” “This carol, published in 1991 by Composers Mark Lowry and Buddy Green, is a relatively ‘new favorite’ popular with all ages across the country,” he said. Ms. Betty Ann Blackburn directs the choir, with Dr. Larry McGraw as Master of Ceremonies to introduce the musical numbers and entertain the audience. Although admission is free, cash contributions will be accepted at the close of the show to help support the choir’s production costs, theatre rental, and music-use rights.Celebration Singers, a community-based, non-profit 501 organization and show choir performing contemporary music, produces the annual holiday concert supported by grants from the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, the Abilene Arts Alliance, the City of Abilene, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and First Financial Bank, of Abilene. In-kind contributions are provided by SuddenLink Communications, Crossway Baptist Church, International Baptist Church, and Copies, Etc.