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Choral society to present Christmas concert for all ages


Members of the Lakewood Area Choral Society and Lakewood Area A Capella Choir are excited to present their “Christmas is Coming” concert at the Hastings Performing Arts Center Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. Songs will range from secular to sacred and will include tunes for all ages.

The doors will open at 2:15 p.m. In lieu of tickets, a freewill offering will be collected.

The concert will open with the fast-paced “Christmas is Coming,” arranged by Mack Wilburg, featuring Susan and Robert Morton on piano.

Other numbers include the familiar “There’s a Song in the Air,” arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram, the poignant “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” arranged by Joel Raney, and “The Christmas Waltz,” with words by Sammy Cahn and music by Jule Styne, arranged by Mark Hayes.

A wild and wacky LACS version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” arranged by Robert Oster includes audience participation.

Other repertoire includes “Carols of the Manger” from “Canticle of Joy” by Joseph M Martin, featuring soloists Jill VanZyl, Jack Vos, Joyce Reid, Jim DeYoung and Kristen Kennedy.

A quartet with Cindy Olson, soprano, Mary Kuhlman, alto, David Parker, tenor, and Paul Kuhlman, bass, will perform a contemporary setting of “In the Bleak Midwinter” arranged by Nathan Jones.

The acapella group will perform several numbers, including “Noel, Noel, Noel” a madrigal by George Strid, the 17th century Latin motet by Tomás Luis de Victoria, “O Magnum Mysterium,” and the humorous “Throw the Yule Log On, Uncle John” by the fictitious composer P.D.Q. Bach, edited by Peter Schickele.

Other pieces include “Ding Dong Merrily on High,” arranged by Camp Kirkland, which will feature an antiphonal choir surrounding the audience, “The Shepherd’s Carol,” a tender lullaby arranged by Dan Forrest, and “Hallelujah Chorus” from “Messiah” by George F. Handel.

The concert will conclude with the solemn “Night of Silence,” by Daniel Kantor, featuring Cathie Ott on flute and Cindy Olson on digital keyboard.

As is customary, the audience will join the choirs by singing “Silent Night” during the last verse.

The choral society is concluding it’s 34th year under direction of founder Dr. Robert C. Oster, and is accompanied by Susan Morton. The mission of the choral society is to provide for its members an atmosphere that promotes learning and enjoyment of choral music and present superior performances of choral music.

This semiprofessional choir is seeking new members for the 2020 season. Details will be available at the concert.

WBCH 100.1 FM and will be rebroadcasting the concert at 8:30 am. Christmas Day.


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