The Ross Ragland Theater will present the Klamath Chorale’s annual holiday choral concert, THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD, on Sunday, December 2nd, at 2:00 p.m. The 90-voice community choir is directed by Robin Schwartz and accompanied by Slippery Bill Eaton.
The all-volunteer singing group will perform songs that celebrate the joy of the holiday season, with an emphasis on songs that appeal to children of all ages, including large scale choral works in unique arrangements along with solos, duets and small ensembles.
Reserved tickets are priced at $15 for adults, plus transaction fees, with discounts available for students, seniors and members of the military. Reserved tickets are available in advance at the Ross Ragland Theater box office during regular business hours, online at www.rrtheater.org or by calling 541-844-LIVE. Tickets will also be sold at the door beginning at 12:00 noon on the day of the concert.
Weekly rehearsals for the choral group’s annual holiday concert began in mid-September and twice-weekly rehearsals are held for several weeks leading up to the concert.
“Christmastime is an exciting time of year, especially for children,” notes Robin Schwartz, who has directed the Chorale since 2009, “and the Chorale truly enjoys performing music that celebrates the holidays.”
“This year’s concert is specifically designed for children with a theme that is the same as that of the city’s Annual Snowflake Festival, of which the Chorale is a part.”
The program for THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD will include a wide range of seasonal music, including well-known songs in special arrangements, such as “O Come, Little Children”, “The Little Drummer Boy”, “Santa’s On His Way” medley, “Tell Us ‘Bout A Baby”, “The First Noel”, “What Child Is This?”. “Deck The Hall”, “Silent Night” and, of course, “Jingle Bells”, among many others.
In addition, the program will include an original song written by Slippery Bill Eaton, the accompanist, entitled “Through The Eyes Of A Child” along with several special songs. “It’s The Holiday Season” and “There’s No Place Like Home For The Holidays” are also on the program.
Several of the musical selections will also feature instrumental solos or special guest appearances and the concert will include various solos, duets and ensembles.
The Klamath Chorale was formed in 1979 as the Klamath Symphonic Choir and has performed one or two concerts each year ever since. It is the largest all-volunteer choir in the Klamath Basin, having grown from 40 members to over 90 members in recent years, and is made up of people who love to sing choral music. Seasonal dues help defray the cost of purchasing music and presenting concerts.
Robin Schwartz has directed the Klamath Chorale since 2009. He is, himself, a well-known performer and popular vocal soloist and is an instructor and choir director at O.I.T. He is also the director of music for BBC Ministries.
The long-time accompanist for the Chorale, Slippery Bill Eaton, is also well-known locally as a director of musical theatre and for a wide variety of special musical events. He has directed and been musically involved in productions at both the Ross Ragland Theater and at the Linkville Playhouse and at many other venues in and around the Klamath Basin.
For more information about the concert, which will be approximately two hours long and is suitable for all ages, telephone Charles Cossey, the production coordinator, at 541-884-8484.
Press release provided from the Ross Ragland Theater.