Annual Christmas concert promises variety
The Village Singers rehearse under the direction of Karla Wright and accompanied by Quinton Jones in the German Village Meeting Haus Dec. 3. Buy This Photo
A strong diversity of songs will highlight the 11th annual Christmas concert by the Village Singers, said Wayne Owens, founder and general manager.
About 25 songs, from the very sacred to the upbeat -- and even popular modern tunes -- will be performed by the group, Owens said.
God Rest Ye Merry Villagers will be performed at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 and 3 p.m. Dec. 16 in the Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.
Admission is $10.
To reach out to people of other faiths, the ensemble will sing Bidi Bom, a Hannukka song.
The chorus also will perform two original songs. One is There Once Was a Baby, written by Tracy Behrman and Kelly Hill, who are friends of director Karla Wright.
The other is Christmas Children, by Jim Fuller, who is a member of the group.
"It's a song that has some classical elements, but it's done on guitar," Fuller said.
"The words suggest the innocence of children," he said.
"Their innocence can teach us a lot, the same kinds of things Jesus taught us, if we just listen to them."
Christmas ... In About Three Minutes covers 23 popular songs -- The First Noel, Oh Christmas Night and We Wish You a Merry Christmas -- in 180 seconds.
"There should be some tender moments," Wright said. "There should be some funny moments.
"We have a lot of variety and that's what the audience needs."
Owens said the community group, which accepts people of all vocal ranges and skill levels, is composed of people from throughout central Ohio.
While it is too late to join up for the Christmas concert, the chorus is looking for members for upcoming shows.