2011-12-15 / Local & State

SHC To Hold Christmas Concert

Southern Huntingdon Community Choir (SHCC) cordially invites all to attend its 35th annual Christmas concert, “Heaven Rejoices,” on Sunday, December 18, at 3 p.m., in the sanctuary of Orbisonia United Methodist Church. In keeping with the choir’s tradition, there is no admission charge for the concert.

Nin Hiles Jr. is enjoying his second year as Southern Huntingdon Community Choir Christmas concert conductor. His mother, Bonnie Hiles, founding director of the SHCC, now enjoys uniting in song as a member of the choir.

Under the Hiles’ direction, the community choir has annually performed beautiful choral works during the Christmas season, as well as various audience-pleasing musical revues in summers past.

Founded in the summer of 1976 to commemorate America’s Bicentennial, the Southern Huntingdon Community Choir originated as a volunteer group of local church choir members. From that time to the present, volunteer singers from all over the Huntingdon County area have united to make music for the community.

This year’s concert will feature a variety of choral works. Featured soloists will include Daniel Strait, Beth Creswell, Ken Scott, Nanette Thomas, Michael Hiles, Waylon Glunt Sr., Tara Knepper, Danielle Mills, Matthew Scott, Susan Bilich and Hilary Hearn.

Accompanying the choir will be pianist Pamela Thomas and bassist Sue Briggs. In addition, a visual media presentation will offer an added dimension of sight to the choir’s sound.

“Heaven Rejoices” begins as a unique, dramatic retelling of the Christmas story from the angels’ points of view. It then journeys through the angels’ contemplating and rejoicing over the familiar elements of the Christmas story – shepherds, wise men and, most importantly, the Nativity of Jesus Christ.

Accompanying this heaven born story is an array of musical genres, including contemporary, jazz, gospel, ballad, calypso and classical. The melodies are rich, the harmonies are beautiful and the lyrics are thought-provoking.

Words and music were written by Ken Parker. Orchestrations were written by Bob Krogstad, a Dove Award-winning arranger for artists Sandi Patty, Mel Tormé, Michael Crawford and Natalie Cole.

Krogstad notes in the forward of the “Heaven Rejoices” choral book, “This concert focuses on the angels of heaven, contemplating and rejoicing over all that occurred on Earth one wondrous night when Christ Jesus was born. But it moves far beyond their viewpoint. Ultimately, it goes straight to the heart of the listener.”

“Heaven Rejoices,” is both a Christmas musical and a scriptural fact. Heaven did, indeed, rejoice 2,011 years ago at God’s provision for our salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.

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