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Celebration Singers invite music lovers to annual concert

The Celebration Singers invite all music lovers to embrace the holiday season and join them in an evening of Christmas melodies and beautiful singing.

This choir concert will be held two nights, Dec. 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. in St. George's United Church on Fitzgerald Avenue.

Director Jenn Forsland has again chosen a repertoire of choral music that suits the four part harmonies Celebration Singers has earned a reputation for performing well.

The delightful Christmas songs Calypso Lullaby (based on Mary's Little Boy Child) and Christmas in Killarney will certainly be familiar to everyone.  A couple of jazzy numbers, Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) and Cool Yule, will get audiences in the groove.

With superb accompaniment by the versatile Sean Mooney, the gospel spiritual Go Where I Send Thee is sure to fill St. George's with joy.  Sean Mooney is one of the valley's most well-known pianists and his talent on the keys is reason enough to come to a Celebration Singers concert!

As well, Anela Kahiamoe will be adding some wonderful authentic Hawaiian ukulele sounds to Mele Kalikimaka. Other guest musicians will be Grahame Edward, Jonathan Fairbanks and Jack Roland.

As the evening unfolds, the choir will entertain with a number of more classical  arrangements that challenge and showcase the skills of this 65-member group. Of The Father's Love Begotten is based on a 13th century plainsong, and its soaring moving melodic lines are breathtaking. Northern Lights evokes the shimmering aurora borealis just like the Norwegian composer imagined.

And just to make this evening more perfect, there will be opportunities for the audience to join their voices in song with the choir and sing some traditional Christmas carols to help celebrate the season together.

Come and enjoy Jenn Forsland, Sean Mooney and the Celebration Singers Choir on Dec. 15 or 16 at St. George's United Church.  Tickets may be available at the door but to avoid disappointment, get yours ahead of time at Blue Heron Book Store in Comox, House of Colour in Courtenay, or from any choir member.  For more information or tickets, you can also contact Michelle Pagdin at 250-334-4597.

— Celebration Singers

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