GILFORD — The Lakes Region Singers, a well-known community choral group, will offer two Christmas performances at the First United Methodist Church, on Route 11-A in Gilford. The first concert wil be on Friday evening, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m., and the second on Sunday afternoon Dec. 17, at 3 p.m. Both the Youth Chorus as well as the Adult Chorus will perform. A suggested donation of $8 per person or $15 per family will be taken at the door to help cover expenses. There will be free homemade refreshments available for the public at each intermission.
“Our musical program will have something for everyone,” said Director Karen Jordan. “We will perform new pieces as well as old favorites, for all ages, and we will showcase many talented soloists and instrumentalists from our local communities. It makes us so happy to bring you the joy of music every year. We hope you and your friends can join us on Dec.15th or 17th for this year’s holiday celebration.”
The Adult Chorus program will offer exciting new arrangements of familiar favorites such as “White Christmas,” “Sleigh Bells” and “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” along with the lovely Appalachian carol “I Wonder as I Wander,” and Clement Moore’s famous poem “'Twas the Night Before Christmas” set to music. Their performance will also include challenging treatments of “Festival Gloria,” “Let All Creation Celebrate” and “Angels from the Realms of Glory.” The Youth Chorus will take center stage with spirited versions of “The Cantate Canon,” “Let It Snow” and “Peace on This Silent Night.” Then they will join the Adult Chorus for the concert’s grand finale, “Joyful, All Ye Nations, Rise!”
Several numbers will feature soloists on strings, flute, organ, brass and percussion, plus a performance by the adult bell choir. Phil Breton on piano will continue to accompany the Adult Chorus, while Kelly Cleveland will once again accompany as well as direct the Youth Chorus.
The Lakes Region Singers perform Dec. 15 and 17 in Gilford. (Courtesy photo)