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Adirondack Singers ring in the holidays

SARANAC LAKE - The holiday season moves into full swing as one regional vocal ensemble heralds the spirit of Christmas.

The Adirondack Singers, a local community choir, will be performing their annual Holiday Concert Sunday December 6th, 2 p.m. at St. Bernard's Church in Saranac Lake.

The 25-person ensemble hails from throughout the Tri-Lakes region and beyond as singers come from Saranac Lake, Lake Placid, Paul Smiths, Cadyville, and Lake Clear to participate.

Karen Butters, who has been directing the group for the past 11 seasons, and has traveled to Saranac Lake from her home in Blue Mountain Lake each week since mid-September to help the singers prepare for their performance.

"This year's program draws from American holiday music, traditional, sacred and secular, including some new arrangements of traditional Christmas songs," said Butters.

The program also includes a major work, "The Glory of His Majesty," by composer Jackson Berkey,the featured keyboard artist with the well-known group Mannheim Steamroller.

"It is the one I am most excited about performing because of its depth of musical style and its message," said Butters. "The work features our accompanist, Carol Lombard, as well as solos by Mary Fay Hendrick, Valerie Abraham-Rogers and Saranac Lake student Jessica Kemp."

As a non-profit organization, the Adirondack Singers rely on member dues, concert proceeds, and grants to operate.

The concert is made possible, in part, with a Developing Community Arts grant with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program administered locally by the Arts Council of the Northern Adirondacks.

The suggested donation for the concert is $5 for adults or $3 for students and senior citizens. For more information, call 523-4213 or 891-5008.

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