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Atlanta Boy Choir to perform Christmas concert Sunday at Piedmont College

POSTED: December 9, 2010 12:30 a.m.

Few things can put someone into the spirit of Christmas cheer like holiday music. And while Christmas tunes on the radio are great, nothing compares to a live holiday show.

Music lovers will have a reason to celebrate Sunday when the Atlanta Boy Choir will fill Piedmont College's auditorium with the sounds of the season.

"We will have 40 men and 35 boys doing holiday music," said Maestro Fletcher Wolfe, director and founder of the program. "There will be a lot of Christmas music, several Hanukah songs and some seasonal Spanish songs. It's a diverse program."

Wolfe, who has worked with the choir for 53 years (aside from a short hiatus a few years ago), is a Grammy award-winning artist. He and friend Robert Shaw won the award for their rendition of Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem."

"I left for a brief period, but had to come back. They're wonderful," Wolfe said.

Aside from being led by a highly acclaimed director, The Atlanta Boy Choir has graced the presence of many worthy ears for more than 50 years.

"We have sung for the Pope in Rome on four or five different occasions. We have been to the White House; we sang for Jimmy Carter's inauguration. The boys have toured all over the world," Wolfe said.

Their golden voices have led the Atlanta Boy Choir on tours around the world, where thousands praise their talent.

"Last summer, we sang in Italy, at St. Peters in Rome. We were able to sing mass - it was a wonderful concert," Wolfe said. "Next summer, we're going to Alaska. People love them because they don't have a lot of cultural events up there."

The choir is made up of boys, and men, from age 5 to adult.

"We have a lot of young boys, starting at 5 years old. The group singing at Piedmont are older boys, though," said Wolfe. "Our choir has men from many walks of life. We have alumni who are lawyers, doctors, pilots ... and so much more."

Sunday's concert will have a blend of young and seasoned voices, accompanied by an instrumental ensemble.

"We are doing several major Christmas songs, including Benjamin Britten's ‘A Ceremony of Carols,' which will feature the harp and boys alone," Wolfe said. "We'll sing ‘Pergolesi Magnificat,' an early Italian featuring the boys, men and orchestra. The boys will be doing ‘Silent Night.' There is a lot to enjoy."

The best part of the concert, aside from the beautiful music, is that it's free.

"We have a long relationship with that school. The auditorium is beautiful and has incredible acoustics," Wolfe said of Piedmont. "This concert is a gift to the people of the community."



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