'Voices' children's choir to give holiday concert Dec. 15
Voices in the Laurel’s annual Holiday Concert will be at 4 p.m. Saturday Dec. 15 at the First Baptist Church, 100 S. Main St., in Waynesville.
Included in the repertoire will be “El cant des Ocells” (Song of the Birds), a Catalan Christmas carol, which the children will sing in Catalan, an official language of the Spanish community of Catalonia. Some of the choir’s members performed the carol at the 130-year-old Basilica Sagrada Familia in Spain this summer.
“When we sang it in Barcelona, the people at our concert leapt to their feet and sang with us,” said Martha Brown, executive director of Voices in the Laurel. “They were weeping. It was one of the most touching moments of our festival tour. It was beautiful. This song is from that region of Spain. We are so excited to share this piece of music with the rest of our choir and the audiences in western North Carolina this season because of its beauty and representation of another culture.”
Also included in the holiday concert will be a medley of Christmas songs from “The Polar Express,” with all of the children in costume, and a musical arrangement of Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”
The choir will be accompanied by pianists Mary Ann Cooper and Anna Watson, oboist Judy Dodson, and Robert Brown, drums, and Trevor Stoia, string bass.
Tickets are available by calling 335-2849 or at www.voicesinthelaurel.org — click on ‘Support Us’ – ‘Buy Tickets.’
Voices in the Laurel’s Chamber Choir will also be performing at the Biltmore Candlelight Christmas Evening Monday, Dec.10, as well as the Appalachian Christmas Pre-Concert with the Junaluska Singers at 2:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska, in conjunction with Voices Holiday Silent Auction from noon to 5:30 p.m. at the Harrell Center. For ticket information, visit www.voicesinthelaurel.org.
Voices in the Laurel is a Haywood County based non-profit choir for young people ranging from 1st grade through 12th grade from Haywood, Buncombe, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties under the direction of Martha Brown.