Seasons of song|Chamber choir’s fall concert Tuesday

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Vicksburg Chamber Choir’s 26th annual fall concert will be presented in two parts this year.

In addition to the group’s annual Christmas concert, a performance is set for Tuesday evening at the Old Court House Museum.

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The Vicksburg Chamber Choir will perform classic American tunes at 7:30 Tuesday night at the Old Court House Museum, and traditional Christmas favorites at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at First Presbyterian Church. Admission to both events is free, but donations are accepted.

For Tuesday’s concert, the choir has teamed with Vicksburg’s Bridging the Gap, an old-time music group, for a medley of classic American sounds.

“There’s so much great music during the fall, so we decided to do an Americana program,” choir director Sharon Penley said.

“There’s something about fall. It seemed like a great time to do Americana music.”

The program will consist of tunes such as “Shenandoah,” “Arkansas Traveler,” “’Tis a Gift to Be Simple” and “Gather at the River.”

Medley Fowler, a choir member and publicity chairman, said the program will offer more folk tunes with the help of Bridging the Gap and  fewer formal tunes, for which the group is widely known.

“There will be more modern arrangements,” she said.

Also during the concert, the choir will sell raffle tickets for a chance to win a wire sculpture of an angel by Utica artist Jason Walker. He is the choir’s president and a member of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi.

Tickets are $5, and proceeds benefit the choir. A winner will be announced at the end of the performance.

The choir’s second fall performance will be its traditional advent concert, set for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at First Presbyterian Church.

The concert will feature a mix of seasonal hymns and carols, and the choir will be accompanied by a piano and an organ.

The choir, composed of 31 members, is rehearsing selections from Handel’s “Messiah.”


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