If you missed it, you missed out. The Blanco County Community Choir held their annual Christmas concerts on December 3 in Johnson City and December 5 Blanco. Beverly Voron started the tradition in 1975 “as a way to bring people from both ends of the county together to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas,” said director Vickie Pautz.
“We had 33 members this year ranging in age from 13 years to 70,” Pautz said. “That’s one of the joys of community choir, to have an intergenerational group.”
“Although several people mentioned it was the best ever,” Pautz continued. “I always think the one we’re doing is the best! But, this year we had a very strong bass section which provides stability to the sound of each section.”
Everett Reed composed four of the pieces the choir performed. A California resident, Reed is also an arranger, music publisher, keyboard player, conductor, and music editor. He has written for television and his choral music has been performed in the US, Canada, and Australia. Pautz said that Reed draws his inspiration from his work as a jazz musician and the French Impressionist composer Debussy.
The poster for the concert, seen in the Blanco County News and around the county, depicted an illuminated medieval musical score and was designed by Jane Copeland and Joe Raymond. Pautz noted that the two were inspired by the pieces from the concert, which had words dating from medieval times although the musical settings or arrangements were modern.
Be sure to watch for next year’s concerts and don’t miss out.