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BCC to present Christmas concerts Dec. 7, 8 and 10
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The Beeville Community Chorus will perform their annual Christmas Concert in the historical mission Espiritu Santo De Zuniga, located in the Goliad State Park on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m. The choir is under the direction of artistic director Dr. James Lee and assistant director Jeff Brewer. Nona Schrop is the accompanist, and Sharon Lee will be the narrator. There will be a $3 park entrance fee per person.

The choir will perform a variety of choral music for the Christmas season. The choir will open the concert with a piece titled “Alleluia,” an exciting movement from a choral work by a 15-year-old Mozart, Regina Coeli (dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary).

Lee said, “To celebrate the Advent Season (the time of the season where all are waiting for the Messiah), the choir will sing a choral piece titled ‘The Advent Candle.’ The choir will then perform a ‘Gloria Fanfare,’ ‘glory to God in the highest, for He is born,’ and it will be directed by Jeff Brewer.”

Kelsey Knowlton joins the choir on the flute as they sing of the hope for peace in every nation and love in every heart, “Heaven’s Hope.” Lyndsay Ray adds a lovely violin part to a song titled “Mary’s Lament” as the choir sings of how Mary keeps baby Jesus safe from danger on a Christmas morn.

Lee said, “There’s not a sweeter way to tell the story of the little Jesus boy than by the choir singing the well-known spiritual ‘Sweet Little Jesus Boy.’ To express our thanks as Christians that God chose to give us Jesus, the choir will sing ‘An Expression of Gratitude’.”

“Truly the night of Christ’s birth was a marvelous event,” Lee said. “There was much excitement in the little town of Bethlehem and the angels in heaven were rejoicing. O night divine! O Holy Night.”

Certainly, a Christmas concert would not be complete without a couple of secular songs written by several famous American composers like Irving Berlin and Frederick Silver, he added. The choir will end the first half of the concert with Frederick Silver’s “The Twelve Days After Christmas” and a medley of holiday songs by Irving Berlin.

The second half of the concert will be the Christmas portion of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah.”

For those not able to go to Goliad, the choir will repeat the concert in Beeville on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at 7:30 p.m. The choir will also sing at the annual Advent Service on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Faith Lutheran Church at 3 p.m.
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