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November 15, 2013

Vermilion Festival Chorus to perform holiday concert at Holy Family Church

DANVILLE — More than 30 singers will join forces at 3 p.m. Sunday as the Vermilion Festival Chorus presents its annual Christmas concert.

“This will be one of the largest choruses we’ve had in several years,” said David Schroeder, the group’s director. “It’s a good-sized group. And we have some new folks with us as soloists, and we’re glad to have them.”

The concert, at Holy Family Church on East Main Street, will be broken into two parts. The first half will feature individual works sung by the chorus, with the second half dedicated to the “Advent” and “Christmas” segments of Handel’s “The Messiah.” It concludes with the familiar “Halleluiah Chorus.”

Some of the works in the first half include “Tune Your Voice” from Handel’s “Alexander’s Feast;” two Renaissance choral pieces, “Dixit Maria” and “Psalite;” a selection “He Is Born” from Leavitt’s “Divine King;” and “If This Child Were Born Today.”

Jonathan Myers, organist at Holy Family, also will perform “Greensleeves” by Richard Purvis.

Tickets for the concert will be $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and students through high school. Tickets will be available at the door. The chorus members began rehearsals at the end of August. Schroeder said participation in the chorus is being offered as Music 150 at Danville Area Community College, so rehearsal schedules now follow the DACC academic calendar.

“Students can take it for credit toward their humanities requirement,” he said. “We hope to see more students join us in the future.”

Chorus members will begin to rehearse for their spring concert on Jan. 20. Future rehearsals and performances will move to St. James United Methodist Church on North Vermilion Street. The chorus is open to high school students and adults who enjoy singing. No auditions are required.

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