Children’s choir to perform at Christmas concert
From Contributed Reports
Thursday, December 7, 2017
The national award-winning Tar River Children’s Chorus will present “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Fellowship Church at 1114 S. 1st St. in Nashville.
Celebrating its 26th year of music-making with 70 children ages 9 to 18, the chorus promises the sweetest Christmas sounds in the region, with flutes, percussion, the Tar River Strings and the Tar River String Quartet.
The audience will experience a variety of ancient and modern carols such as the medieval “Gaudete,” “O Come Little Children” and “Wexford Carol,” as well as favorites like “Carol of the Bells,” “Sleigh Ride” and “When Christmas Comes to Town (Polar Express).” Two of the special songs will include Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” arranged for Christmas by Gloriane Jefferys, and the title song, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”
This year, the Tar River Children’s Chorus was also part of a consortium that commissioned composer Dan Forrest to arrange the famous “See, Amid the Winter’s Snow” for treble voices. The Chorus and String Quartet will join forces for this piece as a finale.
The Tar River Strings, under the direction of Chris Ellis, will present the timeless “Good King Wenceslas,” “The Haunting Huron Carol” and kid favorites “Jingle Bells” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” plus more.
This concert is a family show for every generation. Invite your friends, and come for an evening of delight. Tickets for adults are $15 at the door; children and students (even through college with ID) are free.
The Tar River Children’s Chorus has sung in festivals and competitions in New York City, Philadelphia, Williamsburg and Charleston, and it has frequently won top ratings. The chorus also regularly shares the program with her sister ensembles and with the Tar River Orchestra. Patsy Johnson Gilliland, a Twin County Hall of Fame inductee, is the longtime conductor of the Tar River Children’s Chorus.