Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus, Youth Chorus members light up The Resort at Squaw Creek (video) |

Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus, Youth Chorus members light up The Resort at Squaw Creek (video)

A Season of Peace showcased over 80 voices of all ages, invited the audience to sing along, and spread holiday cheer from The Resort at Squaw Creek last weekend.
Cassandra Walker / Sierra Sun |

The Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus last weekend dazzled a full house of families and friends during the holiday concert entitled, “A Season of Peace.”

Truckee Tahoe Youth Chorus opened the show at The Resort at Squaw Creek with 28 children singing “The Biggest Brightest Holiday Lights.” The program described the opening number as a rip-roaring, country-style holiday novelty and the youth chorus certainly did not disappoint.

The youngsters went on to sing tunes, such as the famed Frozen favorite “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and the unique “African Noel,” which had the audience commenting on its special and understated presentation afterward.

“I’m a proud aunt, I have two nieces in the show,” said Heidi Wightman of Portola who, like many, was pointing out their proud performers on stage and smiling ear-to-ear after every performance.

“The chorus is just great, I loved hearing the adults’ group singing in rounds. It’s a nice night to get out of the house and into the holiday spirit,” she added.

The adult chorus brought their beautiful harmonies to life with each song they presented including, “Here We Come A Caroling,” “Angels Breathing Out,” and favorites including a jazzy rendition of “Jingle Bells,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” and many more.

Programs included lyrics to popular holiday favorites and the audience was invited to participate in a sing-along throughout performances.

A highlight of the performance was the choreographed piece, “Pentatonix Christmas Medley,” which featured both the adult and youth chorus groups singing.

The children wore costumes and brought the stories of the song to life through their reenactments, while also showcasing their dance and acting abilities for the crowd in the light-hearted display.

“This night is meant to be a fun evening for people to spend together; we want the community to come out, listen to carols, sing together and leave with joy and peace,” said Patty Gegenheimer, president of the chorus.

She called attention to the theme of the show, “A Season of Peace,” agreeing with conductor Susan K. Horst in selecting the particular holiday theme.

Horst said she chose “A Season of Peace” because peace is desperately needed in our world today.

For those looking to expand their musical endeavors, Gegenheimer said the chorus is a wonderful and fun place to express themselves through music.

“There’s no tryout, this is just for people who want to sing, maybe they sang in high school or in a community theater and have a past experience, a past love and talent, this is the place for them,” she said.

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

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