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Champlain Valley Voices, Choral Union to perform

PLATTSBURGH - The Champlain Valley Voices and SUNY Plattsburgh Choral Union, under the artistic direction of Dr. Karen Becker, will present a weekend of holiday music at the Plattsburgh United Methodist Church, 127 Beekman St., Saturday, Dec. 11, and Sunday, Dec. 12.

The Dec. 11 program, "An American Christmas," will begin at 7:30 p.m. and feature holiday favorites such as "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "O Holy Night" and "Do You Hear What I Hear?" The chorus will close with the traditional singing of "Silent Night." Yana Groves will provide piano accompaniment.

"I designed this nostalgic program to recreate holiday memories for young and old alike," said Becker. The following afternoon, at 2 p.m., the chorus will host a "Messiah Sing-Along" with David Neiweem on the organ. Participants who have access to musical scores are asked to bring them. Additional copies will be provided.

"I hope this will be a big community event. For singers who do not have time to commit to choral rehearsals, this is a wonderful opportunity," said Becker.

Tickets for the Dec. 11 concert are $12 in advance at the following Plattsburgh locations: Baxter's Bagels, Meyers Gifts, and Corner-Stone Booksho. Tickets will be sold at the door for $15.

For those wanting to attend the "Messiah Sing-Along," tickets are $5 with a non-perishable food donation to the Plattsburgh Interfaith Food Shelf. Tickets will be sold only at the door.

For more information, call 564-2283.

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