Chorus to offer winter concerts Dec. 2 –4

M. Kate West
Chester Editor

The award winning Chester Community Chorus (CCC) will present three winter concerts Dec. 2 – 4 in the Lake Almanor Basin. Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Titled “Christmas in our Hearts,” the concert will include, according to Director Elsie Wesley, “selections featuring traditional, contemporary and light classical carols.”

Wesley described some of the pieces and said, “For one we have ‘Pie Jesu,’ that is sung in Latin and has a heart wrenching duet.”

Another is “Good Morning It’s Christmas,” a composition she describes as a West Indian Christmas song from Harry Belafonte’s anthology of black music from his work “The Long Road to Freedom.” She describes this music as a counterpoint with a calypso tempo.

“Cold and Fugue Season” is an adaptation from Bach’s “Fugue in C Minor.”

“This piece has good humor with very delightful lyrics,”
Wesley said.

She described “Christmas Time is Here,” from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” as being rich, with diminished chords and clashing tones.

The concert will also feature highly classical music with two Latin choruses from “Amadeus.”

Josh Huddleston will be singing an original composition,  “Joseph’s Song,” that was composed by CCC member Judith Musafia, who lived in Colorado before moving to Greenville.

“She (Musafia) is a professional musician, music critic, composer, arranger and writer,” Wesley said. “She composed a cantata, ‘The Christmas Story’ and has dedicated it to the Chester Community Chorus. If it is printed and published, all royalties will go to the chorus.”

Wesley promises the community will be in for a big surprise on the day of the concert.

“I will not reveal it now; otherwise, it will not be a surprise anymore. Let the public come see for themselves!” she said.

She did, however, share that she will be introducing a new female soprano singer with a great voice.

“She will be featured as a soloist to the song popularized by Elvis Presley, ‘Blue Christmas’,” Wesley said. “And, the Handbells are ringing this season and will perform four interesting carols!”

All performances will be held at the Chester Community United Methodist Church, on Main Street (Highway 36), at Glenwood Drive, in Chester.

For more information about the upcoming concerts or the Chester Community Chorus call Trina Woods at 259-2551 or Elsie Wesley at 284-1750.



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