Members of the Yadkin County Community Chorus performed selections from Handel’s “Messiah” at a special free concert at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center on Sunday. It’s an event which has become very special for the singers and the community.
“It’s a tradition,” said Yadkin Arts Council President John Willingham. “We’ve really got a lot of tradition in terms of the people that are in it and, of course, the music is special. It’s just a wonderful seasonal thing. It’s really got a lot of history and that’s great.”
Willingham said this is the 12th year the chorus has performed selections from the “Messiah,” which was written in 1741 by George Frideric Handel. The Yadkin County Community Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Ginger Holt, began performing the work at Boonville Elementary School and now the event is held at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center in Yadkinville.
The singers and musicians, who begin rehearsing in the fall for the concert, are all volunteers who just love to perform this very special music.
“It is a beautiful work and I look forward to beginning rehearsals each year,” said Holt. “There are many people who sing in it that I only see from October through December each year. I look forward to seeing them and catching up on their lives. It is a bit like a family reunion.”
Organizer Patrick Long has been with the chorus for seven years now after his wife recruited him to join. Ahead of Sunday’s performance he said he was excited and a little nervous, but he knew all the hard work at rehearsals was going to pay off.
“I think it’s going to be another outstanding performance,” Long said.
He said he just loves the music and really enjoys being a part of the concert each year.
“For us, it’s becoming a tradition and it just sets the tone for the Christmas season for all of us,” he said.
Holt and Long said they are always recruiting new members for the group.
“We are always looking for more singers. We invite anyone who enjoys singing to come next year and give it a try. It is a lot of fun,” said Holt.
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