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Holiday season arrives on a high note

By Paige Beauman - THE STYLUS
On December 6, 2016

CONCERT CELEBRATION Choir men and women of all ages gathered on Saturday to reign in the season with a holiday concert at the First Presbyterian church.

On Sunday, Dec. 4, at First Presbyterian Church, the Brockport College-Community Chorus Holiday Concert took place with 102 performers with ages ranging from 18 to 72. All accompanied with a pianist, the choir sang in three different stages– much like a story. 

The choir’s energy lifted the whole church and the locals joined in to sing a few of the songs. With the great energy it was at no question why the church was filled to the brim, with people overlooking on the balcony too. 

It opened up with an oral performance composition with a few soloists. First a female and male solo artist resonated their voices throughout the church. It then broke into two sections: Messiah and Hallelujah. Within each of these sections were split into a further five sub-sections with titles such as “Isaiah’s Prophecy of Salvation”, “Thus Saith the Lord of Hosts” and “Behold a Virgin Shall Conceive” as few of the titles to a list of five songs per section. There was a mixture of solo to group roles to mix up the variety, and to emphasize the individual’s voices.

The choir group has been together for over a decade now, with new members joining every year. Twice a week the team meet up and practice and put on this community chorus twice a year, once in winter and once in the spring. In spring, the week before finals, the choir plans to do one based around Irish songs. 

Richard Rizzo, a singer who has been in the choir for three years now, found the overall turnout of the event absolutely delightful. 

“From where we were standing it looked like the audience were having a great time,” Rizzo said. “The outcome was just as expected, smiles all round.” 

When the performance ended, floods of happy audience members waited around to thank the singers for such a wonderful night.  A particular audience member who has been going to these concerts to support her teachers, high school student Heather Vogel, was extremely pleased with the event. 

“I found it magnificent, it was amazing,” Vogel said. “My favorite part had to be the Messiah.” 

Vogel is currently learning about the Messiah in school so was overjoyed to say she could sing along with the choir too. 

It was an outstanding night that truly brought a community, specifically college students and locals, together for a fantastic evening. As previously mentioned the next Brockport College-Community Chorus Holiday Concert will take place the week before spring finals 2017.

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