The Hickory Choral Society will present its Christmas concerts Dec. 6, 7 and 8 at Corinth Reformed Church at 150 16th Ave. NW, Hickory.
Friday and Saturday evening concerts will begin at 8 p.m. The Saturday and Sunday afternoon concerts will begin at 3 p.m. The choir also will perform an interactive “Cookies and Carols” Children’s Concert at 11 a.m. Saturday morning.
All of the concerts are free and open to the public, sponsored by Robert Abbey, Inc. Dr. S. Kimberly Jones, a pediatric dentist in Hickory, provided support for the Cookies and Carols Children’s Concert.
This year marks the 42nd anniversary of the Hickory Choral Society. The concerts will feature a variety of musical selections to usher in the holiday season. The standard opening and closing of the concert program will remain the same. The choir will open with the dramatic processional, “Personent Hodie,” arranged by the late Dr. Lara Hoggard, associated with the University of North Carolina.
The concert will conclude with the audience favorite, “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” The remainder of the program will include traditional works, as well as new and exciting arrangements for the holiday season.
Since the spring of 1978, the Hickory Choral Society continues to delight audiences with excellent choral music literature. The Hickory Choral Society provides this region with a series of exciting and well-attended concerts. The all-volunteer group, made up of 110 singers from Catawba and surrounding counties, is well known throughout North Carolina for its Christmas concerts.
The group also has been noted for numerous concerts with the North Carolina Symphony, a concert at Lincoln Center in New York, and a trip that included concerts in Portsmouth and London, England and Edinburgh, Scotland.
The 2003 Christmas concert was broadcast live statewide over UNC-TV and has continued to be rebroadcast on several occasions. In May 2010, the Hickory Choral Society was honored to be part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina.
In January 2013, they were pleased to be included in the Carnegie Hall, performance of “A Great And Glorious Victory” by British composer/conductor Jonathon Willcocks.
They returned to Carnegie Hall in January 2014 for the world premiere of a work commissioned in honor of the choir’s 35th anniversary, “Requiem for the Living” by Dan Forrest — a noted composer, pianist, and music editor. In April, they completed a European concert tour performing in Salzburg and Vienna, Austria and Prague, Czech Republic.
J. Don Coleman, the founding conductor of the Hickory Choral Society, will retire after these Christmas concerts.
A special invitation is extended to the public to attend these heartfelt Christmas concerts, which have become a tradition with audiences in the Catawba Valley. These concerts offer something for everyone. The Hickory Choral Society is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.
For membership and other information visit www.hickorychoralsociety.org or call the Hickory Cho ral Society office at 828-322-2210.