Community band, choir ready holiday concert for Dec. 2


The members of the Clintonville Community Band and Clintonville Community Choir rehearse most Wednesday evenings in rooms adjacent to one another at Whetstone High School.

As the musicians and the vocalists prepared for their eighth annual Holiday Concert together on Sunday, Dec. 2, they like what they are hearing, from within their own room and next door.

The joint performance, which gets under way at 4 p.m. in the auditorium at Whetstone High School, 4405 Scenic Drive, will conclude with the singers and musicians performing together during a singalong of G.F. Handel's famous Hallelujah Chorus.

"The choir sounds fantastic on that song and we can hear the band play it, so it's sure to be a wonderful conclusion to the evening," predicted Addie McCoy, publicity chairwoman for the choir.

Glenn Williams, a founding member of what's been called the Clintonville Community Band since 1997, seconded that sentiment.

"Practices are going well," he said. "We're just about at our peak."

Admission to the Dec. 2 concert is free. Nonperishable food items will be collected and a free-will offering collected to benefit the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center.

Refreshments from Mozart's Bakery and Piano Cafe will be available before the concert and during the intermission.

This will be the first time for new choir director Brandon F. Moss to lead his singers in the concert.

"He's doing a fantastic job," McCoy said. "He is really helping our choir grow even more, and get better."

The Clintonville Community Band, under the direction of Richard Burkhart, will perform A Canadian Brass by Calvin Custer, Adagio Cantabile by Beethoven and A Charlie Brown Christmas, arranged by Carl Strommen.

The Clintonville Songsters, a part of the choir, will lead a Christmas carol singalong, leading up to the intermission.

After the intermission the band will perform Yuletide Tapestry by Gary E. Parks, Baby, It's Cold Outside by Frank Loesser and Sleigh Rideby Leroy Anderson.

The choir's list of songs includes the French carol Ding Dong! Merrily on High arranged by Carolyn Jennings, Candlelight Carol by John Rutter, the spiritual Born, Born in Bethlehem by David N. Davenport, Carol of the Bells by M. Leontovich, A Candle for Peace by Lois Brownsey and Marti Lunn Lantz, Let it Snow! by Julie Styne and We Wish You a Merry Christmas by Rutter.

The concert will conclude with the two groups and the audience joining together on the Hallelujah Chorus.