The Western Carolina Community Chorus will present “Expressions of Christmas” on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Sylva. Several styles of music will be presented during the concert, including a medley from the Shaw/Bennett "Many Moods of Christmas," three carol arrangements by English composer, John Rutter, and the Caribbean spiritual, "The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy," arranged by Robert DeCormier.
In addition to familiar Christmas favorites, the chorus will perform “Christmas Cantata” by Daniel Pinkham, accompanied by Lorie Meservey, organ, Amy Cherry and Michael Swaenepoel, trumpets, and Dan Cherry and Joel Jeffries, trombones.
Assistant conductor, Michael Nichols will direct the chorus in three Christmas selections from the shape-note tradition. Featured vocal soloists in the program include Linda Morris, Yona Wade, and Ralph Murphy. The program will close with three beloved carols, sung by the audience and chorus, accompanied by organ, piano, and the brass quartet.
The Community Chorus was formed by James Dooley in 1970, who directed the group until 2011. He now sings in the bass section. Barbara Wilson Dooley has served as the accompanist for the chorus since its formation. Robert Holquist assumed the role of conductor of the ensemble in October 2011, following his retirement as director of Choral Activities at WCU.
The Western Carolina Community Chorus is supported by the Jackson county Arts Council, the Grassroots Program of the NC Arts Council, and the WCU School of Music. The concert is free and open to the public.