’Tis the season to be jolly! Join us for our “Holiday Favorites” concert Friday, Dec. 6, 7:00 p.m. featuring Apple Tree Arts Community Chorus singing festive, upbeat music at the Great Hall, One Grafton Common. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are available from Chorus members, at Apple Tree Arts’ office or at the door.
“This year the chorus is performing popular holiday songs we all love but don’t get the chance to hear enough,” said Maria Pidacks music director. A graduate of the University of Maine with a music degree in choral conducting and vocal music, Mrs. Pidacks has been a member of the chorus for several years along with her husband Lee. “We enjoy holiday music often as family so this is a set of my personal and family favorites,” she explained.
Since mid-September the Chorus has been in the holiday spirit rehearsing under the direction of Maria Pidacks with the accompaniment of faculty member Corbin Calloway Bolton. Several of the songs include “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Go Tell it on the Mountain,” “Winter Wonderland of Snow,” “Still Still Still,” and “Holly and the Ivy.”
The 26-member chorus will perform additional songs such as “Peace, Peace” with member Kris Graham accompanying them on flute. “Silver Bells” will feature a few solo performances.
“Five Favorite Holiday” songs arranged by Alan Billingsley take the audience on a holiday time machine ride. The trip includes a 40s version of “Saint Nick,” “Deck the Halls” with a 50s Doo-wop sound, “Up on the Housetop” with a 60s Motown style, 70s disco “Jingle Bells” and 80s pop rock sound of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”
The Community Chorus is supported through the sponsorship of Homefield Credit Union.
New members are welcome to join Apple Tree Arts Community Chorus to help create inspirational music for the greater Grafton community. The non-audition chorus is open to all adult and high school-age singers. Members are from Grafton, Southborough, Sutton, Upton, Westborough, Whitinsville and Worcester. After the December concert, the group takes a short hiatus and will begin rehearsing Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. again in mid-January for the spring concert.
Apple Tree Arts, a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization has grown to serve over 1,500 children and adults annually with early childhood music classes, group keyboard lessons, private music and voice instruction, ensembles, theatre arts programs, community events and concerts. For more information, visit www.appletreearts.org