30th annual SNC Tahoe Holiday Concert set for 2 performances
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What: 30th Annual Sierra Nevada College Choir Holiday Concert
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, and Saturday, Dec. 5
Where: St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 341 Village Blvd., Incline Village
Tickets: $15 presale and seniors, $20 at door, children free
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Sierra Nevada College Choir, under the direction of Donna Axton, will present the 30th annual Christmas/Holiday Concert this week.
Brass, percussion and keyboards will help the community usher in the season. For the first time, chorus members of have created a handbell choir to add sparkle and energy to the evening, and there will even be a chance for the audience to raise voices in song and join the chorus for a few seasonal favorites.
Highlighting the bill will be John Rutter’s “Gloria,” alternating soaring vocals with contemporary harmonies.
One of the most beloved contemporary composers, Rutter has called the dialog between brass section and the choir in the three-movement piece, “exalted, devotional and jubilant by turns.”
The exuberant first movement establishes the joyful nature of the piece, while the dramatic second movement evokes medieval times reminiscent of chants and dissonant harmonies, closely followed by the third movement’s triumphant conclusion.
Lisa Hoopes will be the featured soprano soloist. Classics by Mozart, Bruckner and Lvov round out the first act.
Popular seasonal selections include “Carol of the Bells,” “Sleigh Ride” and a medley from the 1954 film “White Christmas,” which capitalized on the success of the 1942 Crosby/Astaire classic, “Holiday Inn.”
In addition to choral selections, the concert will feature other singers, including the dynamic duo of Kevin Beiswenger and David Pierce singing the Bing Crosby/David Bowie version of “Little Drummer Boy.”
Other soloists include local favorite “Bing” (Bob McIver), as well as SNC student members of the choir, and Nora Behrens, Karen Colbert, Marty Gollery, Josii Johnson, Nadia Leatz, David Marelich, Darrell Moore, Claire Roberts, Marsha Tejeda, Ken Todd, and Lorelei and Amalia van Peborgh.
Tickets may be purchased from from choir members, at the Potlatch and Handmade at the Lake in Incline Village, The Store in Tahoe City, or at the door.