Encore! doubles up on Christmas in a New York state of mind

It may be Christmas, but the women of Cowichan's Encore! Choir are in a New York state of mind.

Rehearsals for the group's annual Christmas show have been held against the backdrop of preparing for a March trip to perform in the Big Apple's Lincoln Centre.

According to music director, Christine Dandy, the energetic group of 30 singers have been working hard with accompanist, Rykie Avenant.

"This year's Christmas program promises something for everyone, including musical surprises, songs for audience participation, and traditional carols like the beautiful French carol Quelle Est Cette Odeur Agreable?" Dandy said in a media release.

Encore! will perform timeless Christmas favourites like The First Noel, Silent Night and O Holy Night will be presented in fresh, new arrangements. Vivaldi's beloved Gloria is also on the agenda, as well as his Laudamus te duet, performed by Heather MacGregor and Trish Dandy.

And, of, course, the New York flavour will kick in with Christmas on Broadway, Silver Bells and New York, New York.

A Little Christmas with Encore! is scheduled for Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 15 at 2:30 p.m. at Duncan United Church. Tickets can be purchased in advance from choir member for $15, $5 for kids under 12, or at the door for $20.. Call 250-746- 0847

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