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Leavenworth Village Voices: Sharing the Joy of Christmas for 35 Years

By on October 25, 2017 in Events with 0 Comments

By Allison M. Bergstrom

This holiday season the Leavenworth Village Voices will present Together at Christmas, this year’s theme for the choir’s annual Christmas in the Mountains concert series.

This season marks the 35th anniversary of the community choir, which was founded in 1982 as a nonprofit organization.

This group of music lovers is dedicated to fulfilling the mission of the Leavenworth Village Voices: to enrich the community and visitor experience by promoting choral music and traditional Bavarian songs, to contribute to Leavenworth’s Bavarian theme and festive atmosphere, and to provide an opportunity for locals to sing in a professionally-directed, mixed-voices choir.

Clad in traditional black and red Trachten (Bavarian attire), the choir aims to inspire the Christmas spirit by sharing the joy and hope of Christmas in our alpine wonderland this season.

Music selections include a variety of sacred, secular and even humorous choral pieces. Familiar favorites like The Christmas Song and The Christmas Waltz are set to fresh arrangements, and you may find yourself chuckling during the cheeky Twelve Days of a Regifted Christmas.

In keeping with Village Voices tradition, the audience will be invited to sing along to the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.

Featured guest artists include pianist Steve Morton, the Christmas Brass, Gracie Camp, and the Village Voices Ladies’ Ensemble, a subset of the choir founded in 2015. Actor and audio book narrator David Heath will emcee the event.

Larry Henderson will direct the choir for his 17th season, and Jennifer Sidebottom will accompany the choir on piano.

Performances are on Friday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. at the Leavenworth Church of the Nazarene at 111 Ski Hill Drive. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce (548-5807). For more information, visit the Facebook page or website, www.leavenworthvillage voices.org.

Evening performances are $15 for adults and $12 for children ages five to 18. The Sunday matinee offers a special rate of $30 for a family and $12 for a single ticket. Children ages five and older are most welcome to attend.

You may also hear the Leavenworth Village Voices at the Festhalle and Gazebo during Christkindlmarkt and caroling downtown each weekend of the Christmas Lighting Festival.

Allison M. Bergstrom is the vice president of the Leavenworth     Village Voices.

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