By MARY RAINWATER
The Anderson County Community Chorus and Orchestra will present their ninth annual Christmas concert in two performances, at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.
After many years of performing at the Palestine Civic Center, group members are pleased to be presenting their concert at the new Palestine High School Auditorium for the first time.
This season, the ACCC continues its tradition of presenting popular choral performances, including among its selections Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus,” “The First Noel,” “Mary Did You Know,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Let It Snow!” plus many other Christmas favorites.
Founded in 2004, the ACCC is a community chorus composed of members of all ages, ethnicities, spiritual perspectives and levels of musical experience.
“It is a non-auditioned, mixed-voice (SATB) choir,” choir founder and director Rhonda Herrington said, “and both the Chorus and the accompanying Orchestra are open to men and women of all ages.
“The membership has in common the desire to learn and perform challenging choral music while enjoying the experience of providing excellent music to our community and beyond,” she added.
A veteran conductor and choral singer, Herrington stressed the idea that, while the individual contributions to a choral ensemble are each significant, the resulting choral sound is more than just those combined voices.
“The whole proves to be greater than the sum of its parts,” she said. “And the concerts over the years have clearly proven that to be true.”
Admission to both concerts is free.
Mary Rainwater may be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org