The Blanco County Community Choir will present their 38th annual Christmas program this Friday and Sunday. A dedicated group of volunteer singers have worked hard since September to bring a quality musical experience to the community. This year’s program promises to bring Christmas music to your ears in a memorable way. There will be arrangements of traditional favorites such as “O Holy Night,” “Away in a Manger,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” and “Rise Up Shepherd, and Follow.” Then there will be some exciting new sounds. The program will close with an arrangement of the 13th century chant “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” paired with a South African rhythmic tune actually sung in Zulu! That will be something to hear – Texans singing Zulu! It’s been a lot of fun to rehearse.
The singers are sopranos: Heather Beliveau, Renee Benham, Jane Copland, Judy Dorsett, Dorothy Hecimovich, Donna Lietske, Louise Paterson, Shanon Oneill, Gwendolyn Reynolds, Beverly Voron, Paige Whittaker, and Victoria Zaleski. Altos are: Lorissa Hinshaw, Tami Knoll, Rhonda Norville, Bee Reno, Gwen Michal, Rachelle Willgren, and Sally Windham. The tenors are: Arlyn Cook, Margie Heard, Charles Harper-Smith, Doug Pautz, and Joe Raymond. Those singing bass are Brian Hecimovich, Edward Hines, Keith McClellan, Stephen Porter, Frank Raymond, and Bill Voron.
Vickie Pautz is the director and Brenda Matheny is the pianist. Brandon Aly will play some percussion and some talented high school students from Blanco will provide soprano sax and flute accompaniment to the final piece.
The performances will be Friday, December 6 at the Baptist Church in Johnson City at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 8 at the Baptist Church in Blanco at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the sounds of the season.