Voices in the Laurel Holiday Concert

Arts & Entertainment
First Baptist Church-Waynesville
100 S. Main St., Waynesville, NC
Suzy Bernardi
Dec 15, 2012
4:00 PM
Photo by: John Highsmith

Voices in the Laurel’s annual Holiday Concert will be on Saturday December 15th at 4pm at the First Baptist Church at 100 South Main Street, Waynesville, NC.  Tickets are available by calling 828-335-2849 or on our website www.voicesinthelaurel.org - click on 'Support Us' - 'Buy Tickets'

Included in the Voices in the Laurel’s 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 Voices 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.

Voices in the Laurel’s Chamber Choir will also be performing at the Biltmore Candlelight Christmas Evening on Monday December 10th as well as the Appalachian Christmas Pre-Concert with the Junaluska Singers at the Stuart Auditorium at 2:15pm on Saturday December 8th at the Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska in conjunction with Voices Holiday Silent Auction at the Harrell Center from 12-5:30pm.   For ticket information, visit http://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.  Voices in the Laurel is an authentic program that focuses on providing young people quality choral education in fun and innovative ways.


Voices in the Laurel provides choristers the opportunity to participate in performance tours all over the world. Some of the places Voices in the Laurel has performed are: with the Asheville Lyric Opera at the Diana Wortham Theater, Charleston’s "Little Spoleto" Festival, opened for Dolly Parton in her Christmas show at Dollywood, with Ronnie Milsap at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, the National Anthem, at Atlanta Braves games, at a Cincinnati Reds game,  the Pacific Rim Children’s Choir Festival in Hawaii, the National Cathedral in Washington DC, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan, Westminster Abbey in London, Chartres Cathedral in France and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.  Voices in the Laurel Chamber Choir participated in a summer 2012 performance tour in Madrid and Barcelona, Spain and also sang at a Cincinnati Reds Game in September 2012.