In addition to more than 55 singers from across the region, the Greenbrier Valley Chorale’s annual Christmas concert will showcase the talents of several special guests. The concert will take place on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m. at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg.
The Greenbrier Valley Chorale is directed by Barbara Wygal Lutz and accompanied on piano by Teresa Bryant. This concert marks a special milestone for the group, as three members of the same family – Yelana and Drew Johnson and their daughter Chloe of Lewisburg – are all singing.
The program is entitled The Brightest and Best Music of Christmas. The title comes from Brightest and Best, an early American hymn that will be sung in the Southern Harmony style. The choir will open with an ancient version of Lo How a Rose sung in both German and English as the singers surrounds the audience. The choir will then process onstage to the triumphant Carol to the King by Mack Wilberg.
Other works include Hawley Ades’ spirited arrangement of Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride; The Nutcracker March and Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet, whimsically arranged by Jeff Funk; and the haunting waltz Once Upon a December from the animated film Anastasia. Rounding out the chorale’s portion of the program is Glory, Glory, Glory to the Newborn King, Moses Hogan’s adaptation of the spiritual Go Tell it On the Mountain. It will feature solos by Roger Sullivan and Kiersten White, both of Lewisburg.
Percussionist Sarah Hann will accompany the choir on Carol to the King, and chorale member and former GEHS band director Lee Gillespie will join Bryant for the four-hand piano accompaniment. Bassist Jay Fry will accompany the group on Brightest and Best. The Greenbrier East Women’s Ensemble will appear as guests of the chorale to perform three pieces from their fall and winter repertoire.
Concert tickets are $17 for adults and $7 for students K-undergraduate. Tickets for reserved seats may be purchased through the Carnegie Hall box office, 304-645-7917, or online at www.carnegiehallwv.org, Tickets also will be available at the door.
Concert sponsors are David and Barbara Elliott and Nancy Bulla. The Greenbrier Valley Chorale also receives financial assistance from the Greenbrier County Commission Arts and Recreation Fund and from business and individual contributors. Carnegie Hall is ADA compliant.