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Concert with Hollis Town Band and Christmas Chorus slated for Saturday

Friday, December 13, 2013

HOLLIS – The Hollis Town Band and Christmas Chorus, in conjunction with the Ladies’ Reading and Charitable Society of the Hollis Congregational Church, present the annual “Christmas, Chanukah, Winter, Kwanza, New Year’s, Whatever You Want To Call It Concert” at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, in the auditorium of the Hollis Brookline High School on Cavalier Court in Hollis. Admission is a non-perishable food item.

The Christmas Chorus is a group that gathers each October to start rehearsing for this concert. The singers range in age and in musical background but are brought together out of a love of singing and a desire to take part in this concert. The Hollis Town Band provides the background for the choral number.

This year, the chorus will sing pieces such as “Still, Still, Still,” “White Christmas,” a medley titled “Three Songs for Christmas” and a new work written by Hollis Town Band director titled “Christmas Bells,” which combines “Ding Dong Merrily On High” with “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day.” One of the highlights of each year’s concert is Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” from “Messiah.”

Members of the audience who wish to are invited to come up and join the chorus for this song. The concert concludes with an audience participation sing-a-long of familiar carols.

Other highlights include Dr. Betsey Cox Buteau narrating a new setting of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and also David Bailey’s musical setting of “Yes, Virginia.”

Band members Keith Joyal and Steve Takacs will serve as guest conductors for two pieces.

During the intermission, the Hollis Ladies’ Reading and Charitable Society will sell refreshments to raise money to purchase perishable food items to include with the audience-donated items in food baskets. The food will be distributed to families in need in the area.

For more information, call 883-2448 or visit www.hollistownband.org.

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