The Yadkin Community Chorus will perform Handel’s Messiah on Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. at the Willingham Theater of the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center located at 226 E. Main St., Yadkinville. The performance is free of charge and open to the public. The chorus consists of vocal and instrumental artists from Yadkin, Surry and Forsyth counties.
Originally performing at Boonville School and led by Carmin Richardson as a small community event, the Yadkin Chorus was reinstated due to a trust fund created by Boonville Principal Albert Martin “that was designated to revive this tradition,” according to current director Ginger Holt, music teacher at Boonville Elementary.
“We invite all to join us in singing this timeless classic,” welcomed Holt.
The Community Chorus of Elkin will hold its annual Christmas concert on Dec. 4 at the Elkin First Baptist Church located at 110 Gwyn Ave. Performances will be at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. with both contemporary and traditional songs including two pieces from Handel’s Messiah. Amy Johnson and Amy Tayloe will again be the accompanists, with David McCollum and Tonya Smith directing.
The Elkin Chorus has performed for Christmas since 1961. It was started by the First Baptist and First Methodist Churches of Elkin and now has more than 60 churches participating. These performances are free with an offering to be taken to off-set costs.
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TBeanieTaylor.