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Christmas is One Language Concert

When: 7 p.m. Sunday

Where: First United Methodist Church, 2780 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

How much: Free

Now an annual tradition, the Christmas is One Language Concert, set for Sunday, kicks it up this year with an internationally recognized singer — and the angelic voices of children.

Corinne Oviedo highlights this year’s concert, which takes place 7 p.m Sunday at First United Methodist Church in Gainesville. An internationally acclaimed Latin singer, Oviedo came to Gainesville earlier this year for a performance, but because the show happened on a day when storms ripped through Hall County, many people weren’t able to see her show.

So, said Enrique Montiel, chairman of the Gainesville Multicultural Committee that sponsors the annual concert, they decided to bring her back.

"Corinne is a world-class singer that we’re lucky to have," Montiel said. "It will be a great opportunity to see her singing."

Oviedo will sing some traditional Latin Christmas songs, as well as some American songs sung in both English and Spanish.

The concert, now in its 12th year, will also include the Angelic Voices of St. John Baptist, the First United Methodist hand bell choir, the Norman Brothers, the Jeff Etienne Family Soloists and a solo from Montiel.

Plus, children from Gainesville’s Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School and Hall County’s World Languages Academy will perform together.

Because the schools feature children from many nationalities, they will sing in different languages, Montiel said. "We’re having truly angelic voices from kids," he added.

After the concert, guests are invited to stay for a reception featuring food from around the world. Guests are also encouraged to give an offering at the free concert, since this is the only time the Gainesville Multicultural Committee collects funds for itself.

"This is just to showcase all we have in the community," Montiel said. "When you’re in the concert and you see all the French, Germans, Mexicans, Asian, it’s amazing to see we have all that in Hall County. And it’s really nice to see that we have the world represented in Gainesville, Ga."

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