“With glorious music, our signature candle lighting vignette, sing-alongs, and inspirational readings and poetry, the chorale’s annual Candlelight Christmas Concert will be a one-of-a-kind, non-stop production of seasonal favorites” claims Dr. Michael Todd Krueger, the conductor and artistic director of the Larimer Chorale. This concert always delights its audiences and often sells out both performances. It will be presented on December 20 and 21, at the First United Methodist Church in Fort Collins.
The select Dickens Carolers of the Larimer Chorale will greet audience members as they arrive at the church and sing several holiday classics, new and old, during the concert. The Carolers are sixteen outstanding vocalists, auditioned from within the ranks of the Larimer Chorale. Each Christmas season, they don their bonnets and top hats to perform at private parties and public functions through the region. They wear authentic 19th century costumes created from vintage patterns by master seamstress Marian Railsback, herself a Dickens Caroler. The concert will also feature special guest artists, the Colorado Brass Company. They will provide a brass quintet and percussionists to perform such favorites as Angels We Have Heard on High, Jingle Bells, and Deck the Halls.
In addition to familiar carols, the concert will include readings, stories, and, of course, a very special candle-lighting ceremony. Members of the Chorale will come into the sanctuary, light their candles, and treat the audience to a “surround-sound” presentation of holiday wonder, singing Treasures and Gifts, Silent Night, and Sure on this Shining Night. Jane Viste, a member of the chorale explains, “Our Candlelight Christmas concerts often coincide with the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year. We light our candles and turn to the warmth of the light. Candlelight can mean different things in various beliefs and religions. Through our songs, as we light our candles, we hope for the treasured gifts of peace and good will for all.”
The concert will conclude with a gospel and spiritual set that includes the Gospel Magnificat, Ain’t Dat a Rockin’ All Night, Go Where I Send Thee, and Hallelujah: A Soulful Celebration. The concert is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season.
Beyond . . . Joy, A Candlelight Christmas is on Saturday, December 20 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 21, at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $20 ($10 for students) and available from the Lincoln Center Ticket Officewww.lctix.com or 970-221-6730. Both performances take place at the First United Methodist Church, 1005 Stover Street, Fort Collins.
About The Larimer Chorale:
The Larimer Chorale, a 118-voice auditioned chorus, is one of the largest and most accomplished classical choral groups in Colorado. It is an avocational choir, composed of members who are accountants, teachers, students, professors, health care workers, moms, dads, researchers, small business owners, government workers and others. They are your friends and neighbors and they sing for the pure joy it brings to their audiences. Each year, the singers contribute approximately 20,000 hours in rehearsals and performances and in tending to the many tasks required to manage the business of the Chorale. To learn more about the Larimer Chorale visit www.larimerchorale.org.