Our photographer, George Sawyer, had to press his way through the crowds to get any kind of photo, so most do not show all the chorale members. The second photo has at least a bit of everyone that was there, with the exception of Chuck.
We performed an abbreviated repertoire, since we only had about 20 minutes to sing. Since we concentrate on Broadway-style music, the One Magic Christmas arrangement by Mac Huff is one of our standards. It includes a great arrangement of Jingle Bell Rock.
Every performance has a few solos, and this one was no exception. Stephen Clos and Lisa Schenkewitz as "Walt and Helen" generated quite a few laughs in the opening song "Whenever It's Christmas".
We performed an a capella arrangement of "Carol of the Bells" that generated a standing ovation at the Raleigh Correctional Institute for Women earlier in the week.
We performed other serious Christmas Songs, such as O Holy Night and The Hallelujah Chorus that are especially appreciated at the retirement communities where we perform.
The challenge of performing 9 times in 11 days is no easy task to accomplish, but well worth it when you see the faces of the folks listening to you.
Most of our performances concluded with Christmas Countdown.
|Whenever It's Christmas||Deborah Craig-Claar/Chris Machen, arr. Richard Kingsmore|
|Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas||Leslie Bricusse/John Williams|
|We Sing Feliz Navidad||Carl Strommen|
|It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas||Meredith Willson, arr. Mac Huff|
|We Need a Little Christmas||Jerry Herman, arr. Mac Huff|
|Carol of the Bells||Peter Wilhousky/M. Leontovich|
|Do You Hear What I Hear||Noel Regny/Gloria Shayne, arr. Emily Crocker|
|O Holy Night||John S. Dwight/Adolphe C. Adam, arr. Bob Krogstad|
|Traditional Christmas Carols|
|One Magic Christmas||Arranged by Mac Huff|
|Hallelujah Chorus||G.F. Handel|
|Christmas Countdown||Claire Cloninger/Robert Sterling, arr. Mark Hayes|
Dates and Locations
|Monday, December 4, 1995||Fibromyalgia Support Group at the Raleigh YWCA|
|Tuesday, December 5, 1995||Raleigh Tree Lighting at the Fayetteville Street Mall|
|Wednesday December 6, 1995||North Carolina Correctional Institute for Women|
|Saturday, December 9, 1995||North Carolina Governor's Mansion|
|Monday, December 11, 1995||Raleigh Correctional Institute for Women|
|Tuesday, December 12, 1995||Springmoor Retirement Community in Raleigh|
|Wednesday, December 13, 1995||Glenaire Retirement Community in Cary|
|Thursday, December 14, 1995||Whitaker Glen Retirement Community in Raleigh|
|Friday, December 15, 1995||Capitol Towers Retirement Community|