Community Chorus offers the gift of music |

Community Chorus offers the gift of music

The Tahoe Truckee High School Auditorium will play host to an evening of traditional holiday music as the Truckee Community Chorus presents “Songs for the Holidays” on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. The performance will feature music for Hanukkah, Christmas carols from around the world, holiday pop music and pieces by Bach and Handel.

This will be the Community Chorus’ second annual holiday concert, and according to conductor Chris Nelson, the group has been preparing for this show since September. Nelson expects to have a packed house, with the full 50-member chorus participating and a sell-out crowd.

“We’re trying to make it a cross section of holiday themes – not just Christmas but Hanukkah as well,” Nelson said of the holiday show. “We tried to make this more of a concert that had familiar music, so when people come to this concert they will hear things that they really recognize and love.”

The chorus is made up of voices that Truckee residents have probably heard around town for years.

“We’ve been involved with this chorus for two full years now, and it’s just people who’ve always wanted to sing and wanted an outlet to sing choral literature, and there was nothing here on a regular basis. So it’s a real cross section of our town,” Nelson said.

In addition to the Community Chorus, the Truckee men’s and women’s barbershop choruses – the Sierra Mountainaires and the Mountain Belles – will perform a number of their favorite holiday songs.

Audience participation is encouraged, as many of the songs will be familiar classics. Nelson expects the holiday show to sellout quickly and encourages everyone to purchase their tickets early. Tickets for the Dec. 14 concert can be purchased at Wild Cherries Coffee House, the Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks, from members of the chorus and at the door. General admission is $5 and children are free.

Basic event info

— Who? The Truckee Community Chorus

— What? “Songs for the Holidays”

— When? Sunday, Dec. 14 at 4 p.m.

— Where? Tahoe Truckee High School Auditorium

— How much? $5 for adults, children are free; advance tickets available at Wild Cherries, the Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks and from chorus members

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