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Area choirs to heralding the arrival of Christmas
Holiday concerts to begin next week
The annual ‘Lessons and Carols’ program includes a candle-lit singing of ‘Silent Night’ by the choirs and audience.

As the holiday season hits full swing, many college and community choirs will warm up their voices to sing the holy hymns and seasonal songs in annual Christmas concerts.

Raising their voices first will be lyric baritone Benjamin Schoening and pianist Joana Kim in the recital deemed “Of Love and Remembrance.” The concert will feature a combination of poetry readings and art songs by American Composers.

This program is being presented on World AIDS Day to bring awareness to the plight of those afflicted and affected by this illness. 

The free concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, in the Ed Cabell Theatre of the University of North Georgia-Gainesville Campus, at 3820 Mundy Mill Road in Oakwood.

The next day the UNG Chorale and Men’s Ensemble will take center stage for its annual holiday concert in the Ed Cabell Theatre on the UNG-Gainesville Campus.

This year’s program will focus on the theme of “The Star” and explore this symbol through song and poetry.

The free program will begin at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2.

For more information on both concerts, contact Schoening at 678-717-3676 or email at

Two days later, Northwinds Symphonic Band will present its “Sounds of the Season” concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the First Baptist Church Banquet Hall. 

“Sounds of the Season” is the first of four concerts to be presented by the symphonic band from now until July 3.

The concert is free.

On Dec. 5-6 in Habersham County, Piedmont College will present its 26th annual Service of Lessons and Carols.

The free program will be at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel on the Demorest campus.

The musical celebration of Christmas will include the Piedmont Chorale, directed by Lauren Ringwall; the South Forsyth High School Chamber Choir, directed by Kirk Grizzle; and the Piedmont Brass Quintet. The choirs will be accompanied by organist Joy Hayner and pianist Nikolai Peek.

Lectors for the program will include Piedmont faculty and staff members, including Ashley Cleere, Timothy Lytle, Ed Taylor, Linda Wofford, Daniel White, Julie Palmour, Norman Olsen, Amy Amason, Robert Glass and Barbara Brown Taylor.

On the same days, the Voices of North Georgia will have its holiday concert, “Sing a Song of Christmas.”

The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, and Saturday, Dec. 6, at St. Paul United Methodist Church at 404 Washington St. in downtown Gainesville.    

Tickets are $15 adults, $12 for seniors and students and $5 for children younger than 11.  

Tickets may be purchased at, at The Ship Station on John Morrow Parkway or Frames You-Nique on the square in downtown Gainesville. Tickets may also be purchased on performance nights at the door.

The North Georgia Chamber Symphony Inc. will wrap up the first wave of  holiday concerts.

Its annual event will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 1397 Thompson Bridge Road.

Admission is free.

For more information, call 706-867-9444.

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