“A Season of Peace” holiday concert on Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 from The Resort at Squaw Creek | SierraSun.com

“A Season of Peace” holiday concert on Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 from The Resort at Squaw Creek

Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus is ringing in the holiday season with a musical performance that will bring classic songs to life with an almost 80-voice chorus.

The "Season of Peace" holiday concert takes place on Saturday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 10, at The Resort at Squaw Creek.

Conductor Susan K. Horst chose the theme of peace for the holiday performance to help people remember where their true values lie and to use this time of year to support one another.

"This year's theme for the Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus is a Season of Peace. It was selected because it is so desperately needed in our world today, a world full of warring factions in just about every arena. My hope is that our differences could be set aside during this holiday season, that we might reflect, nourish and strengthen our bonds to one another, our families, our communities, our country, and our world," Horst said.

Almost 80 voices will bring to life the sounds of peace during the concert.

"There are 50 adults and 28 kids, and we are all on the stage together," said Trisha Ruby, a soprano member of the adult chorus for the past 10 years, who will also be performing in the event.

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The Christmas Time String Quintet will accompany the youth and adult chorus members for the second half of the show.

"It seems like when people come for the first time to these concerts they are just amazed at the talent and the live performance, for sure. It's definitely a tradition that people who have been coming to come again and again, and those who are new tend to come back," Ruby said.

After taking into consideration feedback from the community, Ruby says this year's show will definitely be a crowd pleaser.

"This year, I think we have a good mix of traditional songs, traditional songs with a little more pop twist to them which is nice and people have asked for that in the past. And, we have a few other songs that aren't necessarily holiday songs but they all focus on the subject of peace," she said.

The vision of the Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus is to be the best chorus at over 6,000 feet and to serve as a teaching outlet for young local singers.

Singers in third through eighth grades, who are performing in the "Season of Peace" concert, have rehearsed twice a week over the course of seven weeks.

Practice includes learning vocal technique, reading music, and mastering proper vocal parts learning fun holiday songs.

"We are always looking for people to join and you don't need any musical background. I started with never having performed before. There is no audition and anybody can come and join us. We are really always looking for men in particular," Ruby said.

With no strict musical background requirement and no heart-pounding audition, the community chorus makes self-expression through song accessible to anyone interested in giving it a shot.

"It's more approachable and fun to get involved, it might be a little scary the first few times, but we all stumbled the first few weeks. So, whether you read music and are classically trained or have never sang before we all settle in after a few weeks," Ruby said.

Cassandra Walker is a features and entertainment reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at cwalker@sierrasun.com, 530-550-2654 or @snow1cass