2006-12-07 / About Town

Community Chorus performs this weekend

The Jamestown Community Chorus will welcome the holiday season with its presentation of "Our Holiday Favorites" this Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m. at Central Baptist Church.

The chorus has produced many outstanding concerts since 1949. Rita Murray founded the original group in conjunction with the Exchange Topics and Crafts Club, and in 1953, she added the Men's Glee Club. It became known as the Jamestown Community Chorus in 1984.

In the spirit of the season, bell ringers will accompany Willcocks' arrangement of the English carol "I Saw Three Ships." Chorus soloists will add to the enjoyment of an early 20th-century carol "Lullay My Liking" by Gustav Holst.

The program not only explores seasonal music from the 15th- to

20th- centuries, but in addition, will include an old English mummers play, with thespians from the chorus cast as John Finney, Father Christmas, Turkish Knight, King George, The Doctor, Beezelbub, and Cleverlegs.

One of the oldest carols the chorus will sing is the "Coventry Carol," which is from the 15th-century "Pageant of The Shearmen and Tailors." "A Child is Born in Bethlehem," with soloists, is a 17th-century piece edited by David Willcocks.

The joy experienced by children at holiday time is reflected in several pieces of music that have a childlike anticipation in them, namely, " The Sleigh," "Walking in the Air," and "O Joyful Children."

Some of the Christmas all-time favorites are "White Christmas," "Silent Night," " and "The Christmas Song" ("Chestnuts roasting on an open fire")."Worthy is the Lamb," from "The Messiah" is also on the program.

In addition to the choral works, the singers will join with the audience in a sing-along featuring "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" and "I Wonder as I Wander."

Holiday refreshments follow the concert.

General admission tickets at $10 and $7 for seniors and children ,are available at Baker's Pharmacy, Jamestown Hardware, the Secret Garden, from chorus members, and at the door.

For additional information, contact 423-1574, or visit www.jamestownri. com/chorus.

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