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Singers ring in the Christmas season

Katherine Morris

Photo by Colin FisherCommunity Chorus members practice for upcoming concerts.

Ring in the Christmas season with an evening of carols and choral pieces from around the world as Truckee’s Community Chorus presents “Music for the Holidays.”

The special Dec. 12 concert will feature tunes like, “Rui, Rui, Chui,” a 16th century Spanish carol, sacred classics like the Latin piece “Cantate Domino” by Hans Leo Hassler and caroling favorites like “Sleigh Ride” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

“These are really some beautiful pieces,” said Community Chorus Director Chris Nelson. “We chose some of these songs for the growth of the chorus. I wanted to expose the group to singing in different languages, as well as expose the community to different types of music.”

There will also be ample opportunities for audience participation during the sing-a-long portions of the show.

“It will keep the audience awake,” Nelson said with a laugh. “I want people in the audience on their feet, singing with us. It should be a lot of fun.”

The Community Chorus, which started in February, boasts a roster of 50 sopranos, tenors altos, tenors and basses of all ages, and is going strong, according to Nelson.

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“We’ve got husbands and wives, mothers and daughters, retired residents and high school students,” Nelson said.

The chorus, which is organized as a credit course offered through Sierra College, is open to anyone and always seeking new voices, from experienced singers to novices.

It also offers local high school students an opportunity for choral experience while receiving free high school and Sierra College credits.

The group, which meets weekly on Monday evenings, has been helped out along the way with donations from the Sierra Mountainaires, Truckee’s barbershop chorus, the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation and various community members and supporters.

The Community Chorus is also slated to make appearances at other holiday events on Dec. 6 including the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in downtown Truckee, Tiny Tim’s Christmas Village at the Truckee Community Center and the Rotary Club’s holiday gala.

On Dec. 21, the group will embark on a caroling tour starting at Northstar Village at 3:30 p.m. and the Resort at Squaw Creek at 5:30 p.m.

“I’d especially encourage people who are interested in joining to come out and see the show,” Nelson added.

Tickets for the Dec. 12 Community Chorus performance are available for purchase at Bank of America, Eagle Mortgage and Truckee Chamber of Commerce. General admission is $10, while students and seniors are $5.