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3:39 AM Sun, July 22nd

Prescott Chorale puts on two Christmas shows

With Christmas being one of the most special and joyful times of year, this weekend’s Prescott Chorale performances befit the nature of the season, said Artistic Director Dennis Houser.

On Saturday, Dec. 9, with two performances at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., the chorale will present a whole variety of different pieces of music. Both shows are at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 2000 Shepherds Lane.

“There’s a distinct difference with what we do at Christmas, ours is all centered around a group theme, if you will, rather than focusing on a single soloist or specific piece of music,” Houser said. “We just believe that emphasizing the whole performance around the group and that it’s much more enticing to the audience.”

The audience will be a part of the show too in terms of singing participating and doing things with the show along with the Children’s Chorus and the Thumb Butte Brass Choir, he said. It’s all going to be a lot of fun, especially with Santa Claus visiting at the 3 p.m. performance, Houser said.

The two performances are distinctly different with the later one geared towards a little different audience appeal, he said. It’s still joyful, but will be more concert-type music as opposed to a family oriented show at the earlier one, Houser said.

“That’s pretty demanding for the Chorale,” he said. “They’re having to learn two different sets of music. It’s a lot of music.”

The first show focuses on the lighter and brighter side of Christmas with a lot of up-tempo music and brass with the choir, Houser said. There’s even a calypso piece, he said.

As for the second performance, Houser said he calls it a very classic Christmas with music that’s elegant and beautiful.

“It steps back a little bit from the light, bright, holly berry kind of thing to introspective at times, but engaging and beautiful for the audience,” he said.

Still, it’s all going to be a joyful experience with about 15 to 20 minutes worth of Christmas carols at the beginning and all manner of different stagings for the music using different ensembles within the group itself, Houser said. The men and women of the chorale have also made 200 dozen homemade cookies that the audience can sample after the concert, he said.

Tickets are $21 for adults, $6 for youth ages 13-18 and free for children ages 12 and under and can be purchased online at www.prescottchorale.org.