Holiday concerts on tap in Ticonderoga, Schroon

TICONDEROGA - The Champlain Valley Chorale will present its annual holiday concert twice this Christmas season.

"Musical Moods of the Holidays" will be performed Friday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Schroon Lake and Sunday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church, Wicker Street, Ticonderoga.

Director for the concerts will be Jeris French. Accompanist will be Pat Cornell.

"The chorale will be accompanied by flute on The Rocking Carol and Gesu Bambino," said Bob Bartlett of the chorale. "A chamber orchestra will perform seasonal pieces as well as accompany the chorale on The Snow Begins to Fall and two selections from Handel's Messiah. Audience members will be invited to join the chorale in singing the Hallelujah Chorus."

The Champlain Valley Chorale has about 40 members.

Following the Ticonderoga concert, the Carillon Garden Club will sponsor a reception for all attendees in the church's Fellowship Hall featuring its annual "Holiday Magic" array.

Both concerts are free and open to the public.

Performing with the chorale will be sopranos Joan Allen, Claire Best, Julie Cogswell, Sue Cook, Vivian DenBleyker, Merribeth Elling, Lori Fox, Eileen McCabe, Martha Strum and Claudia Young;

tenors Richard Barnwell, Lloyd Burroughs, Bob Elling, Joe Latocha, Sue Liddell, Richard Malaney, Bonnie Reid, Jerry Treadway and Joe Vilardo;

altos Dorothy Brauner, Penny Carr, Cathryn Greubol, Patricia Griffing, Beth Hanley, Kathy Hyatt, Marianne Major, Ruth Malaney, Dorothy Siver, Jennifer Siver, Jeanne Thatcher and Polleen Tyler; and

bass John Barber, Bob Bartlett, Paul Burroughs, David Cornell, Bill Quinn and Bill Westervelt.

Accompanying the chorale will be a chamber orchestra. It will include: Pat Cornell, Sharyl Monroe, Michael Murdock, Georgianna Rickart and Dorothy Siver on violin; Kristin Dickerson and Kitty Van Drak on viola; Justin Potter and Laurel Rule on cello; Malinda Chapman on flute; and Grace Trombley on organ.

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