Blue Ridge Chorale concert is Dec. 10

The Blue Ridge Chorale performs an annual Christmas concert on Dec. 10.

The Blue Ridge Chorale will perform Christmas favorites from the Renaissance to the present for the annual Christmas concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 10 in The Theatre at Washington.

Virginia Erwin, the Chorale’s music director, has put together a program that showcases the full choral sound of 40 singers as well as the delicate blend of the chorale’s chamber group and the lively and enthusiastic singing of the youth choir.

The work of J.S. Bach will be well represented in the lineup.

The program opens with an instrumental prelude presented by players from the Warrenton Middle School under the direction of Scott Tester, who also composed and arranged some of the selections. The major portion of the program will consist of the “Magnificat” by John Rutter, one of the best known of present-day choral composers. Beside piano accompaniment, the chorale will be assisted by flute, percussion and horn in this piece.

After three selections by the youth choir, guided and directed by Cathy ter Weele, the chamber group harks back to the 16th century before the full chorale concludes the program with several familiar songs. In between, the audience will be invited to sing favorite carols as well.

Tickets are $10, $5 for ages five to 12; a family ticket, good for two adults and multiple children ages five to 12, is $25. Tickets available at the door or in advance by calling Renate Chapman at 540-675-3502 or by visiting www.brcsings.com.

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