With three upcoming Christmas concerts planned around the area, the Blue Ridge Singers will return to the stage this month to help usher in a festive holiday season.
The concerts will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church, Winchester; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Front Royal United Methodist Church and 4 p.m. Dec. 12 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Upperville.
All attendees must wear masks, and choir members will also wear masks.
After canceling their concerts last year, the choir is excited to return, said Artistic Director Jeffrey Alban, who conducts the choir.
This year’s program is called “Sweeter, Still,” with the “Still” in italics, Alban said.
“With the emphasis being we’ve not had live choral music for awhile,” he explained.
The choir is planning about a dozen songs with a variety of styles.
Listeners can expect, among others, a Gregorian chant; a dramatic setting of the Tyrolian carol "Kling Glockchen, Kling”; the Latin-text Renaissance motet “Puer natus est nobis,” by William Byrd; a Christmas spiritual and a “crazy arrangement of ‘Deck the Halls’ in seventh-eighths time.”
The irregular meter makes it “just a little bit out of sync,” Alban said.
“There will be something for everyone,” he said.
Before the pandemic the choir had 42 members, he said, but now that number has decreased to 25.
“Every choir has kind of had the same problem,” he said.
But that won’t stop them from offering a cheerful, memorable concert.
They’re all looking forward to returning, he said, and music will still be a big part of the experience.
“Especially around Christmastime,” he said, “singing is a part of the season.”
Admission is free, though a $10 donation is requested. For more information, please visit blueridgesingers.org or search Blue Ridge Singers on Facebook.