The Western Carolina Community Chorus will present Christmas Reflections on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Coulter Building at Western Carolina University. The program will include a wide variety of styles, including such favorites as "Silent Night," sung by the men, and "Do You Hear What I Hear?" accompanied by piano, snare drum and finger cymbals. Several selections feature the talent of chorus members. Mike Nichols (assistant conductor of the chorus) will direct three pieces from the shape-note tradition, including "Beautiful Star of Bethlehem." The women of the chorus will sing a brand new composition by Philip Rhodes, Robbinsville, who is a retired music professor from Carlton College, and a member of the bass section. The chorus will perform "The First Noel," accompanied by a trio of trumpets, composed by the conductor of the group, Robert Holquist.
Several combinations of strings, brass, percussion, and woodwind instruments, in addition to keyboard, will be heard during the concert. Smoky Mountain High School and WCU School of Music students and faculty will assist the chorus, as well as several singers who play instruments. Barbara Dooley serves as accompanist for the ensemble.
The WCCC is supported by Western Carolina University, the Jackson County Arts Council, and the Grassroots Program of the N.C. Arts Council. The program is free, and open to the public.