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Chester Community Chorus presents annual winter concert

The nonprofit Chester Community Chorus presents its 35th annual Christmas winter concert under the musical direction of renowned conductor Jane Brown this coming weekend, at Chester United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Main Street and Glenwood Drive, with concerts scheduled Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m., and a Saturday matinee, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m.

The Chester Community Chorus is a unique musical community that is significant to the cultural identity of the Lake Almanor Basin and surrounding areas.

Musical director Jane Brown is a native of the arts-loving mountain community of Northern California, and has a passion for sharing the finest in music with everyone around her, according to her bio.

She earned her Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude from Brigham Young University, and a Master of Arts in Music with honors in woodwind performance and conducting from California University, Chico.

Known for her energetic style when she conducts, Brown’s approach inspires singers to achieve their highest level of performance.

First formed in 1981, the Chester Community Chorus will sing a selection of popular early and contemporary traditional songs and carols based on the theme “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” including: “Bell Carol of the Kings,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Mary Did You Know,” “It Was the Night Before Christmas” and many more.

The Lake Almanor Handbells Ensemble and flutist Judith Musafia will accompany the Chorus for one song, “Christmas Comes Anew.”

Sponsors for the musical program include Lake Almanor Community Foundation, Seneca Healthcare District, US Bank Foundation, Chester Plumas Bank, Holy Spirit Episcopal Mission, Walmart Susanville, Cal-Sierra Title, Lake Almanor Brokers, Lake Almanor Fitness Center and Indian Valley Thrift Store Association.

The popular musical affair is on a first-come basis for community members, with a $5 donation greatly appreciated. Contributions provide continued support for future performances.

For more information about the concert, contact Barbara MacArthur at 259-3381.

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