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Christmas concerts all across Northeast Georgia can put you in the holiday spirit
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The University of North Georgia Chorale will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, in the Ed Cabell Theatre at the University of North Georgia Gainesville campus in Oakwood. - photo by For Get Out

Music and the holidays go hand in hand, whether it is the popular songs of “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” or the traditional hymns such as “Silent Night” or “Go Tell it on the Mountain.”

But Northeast Georgia residents have a plethora of choices to hear both as bands and choirs will perform holiday classics and favorites for the next few weeks.

 

HALL COUNTY

Lanier Chamber Singers

The Lanier Chamber Singers will usher in the holiday season with their “Christmas with the Lanier Chamber Singers” concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at First Presbyterian Church, 800 S. Enota Drive NE, Gainesville.

With songs such as “O Radiant Dawn,”  “On This Day” and “O Emmanuel,” the program will feature the voices of 30 members from across North Georgia.

The choir is celebrating its 25th anniversary in February.

Tickets are on sale for $10  in advance online or from a member. At the door, tickets will be $15 for adults and $12 for seniors. Student tickets are free with a valid student ID.

Purchase tickets at www.lanierchambersingers.org.

North Georgia Chamber Symphony

The North Georgia Chamber Symphony will present a series of free holiday concerts this winter. Its first performance will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at the historic courthouse, 1 Town Square, in Blairsville. The second show will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Dahlonega United Methodist Church, 107 S. Park St., Dahlonega. The final concert will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1397 Thompson Bridge Road, in Gainesville.

Additionally, the symphony plans to perform a free First Night concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 31 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Dahlonega.

For more information, visit northgeorgiachambersymphony.org.temp.omnis.com.

University of North Georgia

The University of North Georgia Chorale will ring in the holiday season with one concert in Hall County. The performances will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Ed Cabell Theatre at the University of North Georgia Gainesville campus in Oakwood.

The ensemble, which features mixed vocalists from the university’s Gainesville campus, will perform various holiday favorites. Admission is a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Georgia Mountain Food Bank.

For more information, call Connie Esford 678-717-3930.

Voices of North Georgia

The community chorus Voices of North Georgia will present its annual holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3 at the St. Paul United Methodist Church, 404 Washington St. NW, in Gainesville.

This year’s concert is titled, “Unto Us a Child is Born” and will feature the music of G.F. Handel’s “Messiah” with an orchestral accompaniment. The show will also include popular holiday favorites and new compositions.

For more information, visit www.voicesofnorthgeorgia.com.

Christmas is One Language

Celebrate Christmas around the world at the Christmas is One Language concert at Gainesville First United Methodist Church. The annual free concert is celebrating its 20th anniversary of bringing international Christmas traditions to Hall County. The event will feature traditional holiday music and dancing from diverse local cultural groups.

Performances will begin at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary Sunday, Dec. 4.

For more information, call 770-536-2341.

John Berry Christmas concert

Country music artist John Berry and his band bring their 20th annual “O’ Holy Night Tour” to the Cervantes Theatre of the Arts at Riverside Military Academy. The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at 2001 Riverside Drive in Gainesville.

The concert benefits Challenged Child and Friends, an educational program serving special-needs children. Tickets start at $30.

For tickets or more information, visit johnberrychristmas2016.brownpapertickets.com.

 

HABERSHAM COUNTY

Piedmont College’s ‘Lessons and Carols’

The 28th annual Service of Lessons and Carols will feature works by Michael John Trotta, Dan Forrest, Peter Latona, Neil Harmon, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Paul Manz, Stephen Caracciolo, Alex Thomlinson and Craig Courtney, as well as traditional Christmas carols with audience participation.

The program is a collaboration among the 97-voice Piedmont Chorale, the Piedmont Brass and Piedmont Woodwinds. Guest singers include the Lanier High School Singers and North Gwinnett High School Chorale. All choirs will be accompanied by organist Louise Bass and pianist Kay Harris.

The free performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2-3, in the chapel on the Demorest campus at  1021 Central Ave. in Demorest.

For more information, call 706-778-3000.


WHITE COUNTY

Sautee Nacoochee Community Chorale

The Sautee Nacoochee Community Chorale will celebrate its 35th anniversary by hosting three holiday concerts this December.

Under the direction of Barbara Luhn, the shows will feature music from Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” along with other holiday favorites, accompanied by flutist Jenny Morden. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9; 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Sautee Nacoochee Community Association theater in Sautee Nacoochee. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for members. Free admission for children 16 and under.

To purchase tickets in advance or for more information, visit www.snca.org.

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