The Fayette County Choral Society and Fayette Community Band will present “A Fayette Christmas 2017” on Dec. 3.
The Christmas holiday season has arrived and with the downtown Christmas parade and other community activities taking place the weekend after Thanksgiving, the holiday season will be in full swing. On Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m., the Fayette County community is invited to celebrate the holiday season with the annual Christmas concert, “A Fayette Christmas,” featuring the Fayette Co. Choral Society under the direction of Richard Glass and the Fayette Community Band, directed by Dennis Wollam. The concert will be held at the historic Washington School Auditorium on Temple Street in Washington C.H.
Ticket prices for the concert are $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, and no charge for children school age or younger. Tickets will be available at the door or from any of the singers or band members. The auditorium doors will open at 2:30 p.m.
The community band and choral society have been presenting this concert of Christmas holiday music for several years. The collaboration began as a part of the former FACCA concert series, and for the past three years has continued to be a special part of the annual Fayette Co./Washington Court House community Christmas activities. Organizers said they hope the community will join them.
Also, on Sunday, Dec. 10, the Fayette Co. Choral Society will be hosting its first “Messiah Sing-along” at 7 p.m. in the Washington School Auditorium. Singers and listeners from the community are invited to join the Choral Society and singers from several area choirs to sing and enjoy the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah.” This event will be directed by Richard Glass and accompanied on the recently restored Washington Auditorium pipe organ by guest organist, Joshua Brodbeck, organist/director of music at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbus. A free will offering will be collected to benefit the Fayette County Food Pantry.
All singers are encouraged to come and join in the singing of the choruses of this timeless oratorio as the group will be singing five of the choruses from the Christmas portion, plus the “Hallelujah Chorus.” Music scores will be available at the door to borrow to sing from or just follow along.
The performance atmosphere will be relaxed, and even if someone has not performed any of these choruses for a long time or ever, they are encouraged to come and enjoy as a singer and/or a listener. There will be an opportunity for singers to refresh their memories of this music at a rehearsal on Tuesday, Dec. 5 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the auditorium. This, however, is not a mandatory rehearsal.
The information in this article was provided by Richard Glass.