Originally Published: December 1, 2016 9:12 p.m.
Join the Prescott Chorale and its special guests for one or both performances of “Fantasy and Figgy Pudding” this Saturday, Dec. 3.
Two separate performances bring the sparkle and Joy of Christmas to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. At 3 p.m., the chorale is joined by the Prescott Children’s Choir and the Camerata Singers; at 7:30 p.m., the Prescott Chorale and the Camerata Singers perform. Director’s Notes begins one-half hour before each concert.
The program includes the “Seven Joys of Christmas” by Kirke Mechem performed by the Prescott Chorale. More traditional Christmas music, with arrangements selected by Artistic Director Dennis Houser are unique, rich and wonderful and include “O Holy Night” and “Ave Maria.”
Melanie McCally conducts the Prescott Chorale Children’s Choir that performs the afternoon concert with the Prescott Chorale. Melanie sings in many area adult choirs, including the Prescott POPS Chorus, the Master Chorale of YC, and the Prescott Chorale. Their Fantasy and Figgy Pudding performance includes “Snowfall Lullaby” and “A Merry, Merry Christmas to You!”
The Camerata Singers, directed by Dan Boyce, plan to premiere a new composition by local composer Henry Flurry, titled “Hark! What Celestial Notes!,” during the evening performance.
The Prescott Chorale’s mission is “To perform choral music of exceptional quality with an emphasis on Masterworks that inspires challenges, entertains and educates our singers and audience.” Houser has a career that spans more than 55 years of singing, teaching and conducting. He is no stranger to the stage, be it here in Prescott, California, Europe, South America, or the Far East.
He has conducted the Master Chorale of Yavapai College, the Yavapai College Chamber Singers and the Camerata Singers of Prescott. He currently serves on the board of the Prescott Pops Orchestra and is the Choirmaster of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Prescott.