The Chesapeake Chorale, a mixed-voice community group, will begin rehearsals September 11 for its annual Christmas concerts. All singers are invited to come to Kilmarnock United Methodist Church at 7 p.m., and each Monday through November.
Concerts will take place at 8 p.m. December 1 at Northumberland High School in Claraville, 8 p.m. December 2 at Lancaster Middle School in Kilmarnock, and 3 p.m. December 3 at St. Clare Walker Middle School in Locust Hill.
The chorale also will participate in the Holly and the Ivy service December 4 at Christ Church in Weems.
Director Dr. Cheryl Brown Davis has chosen a program of all-American songs covering a range from spirituals such as “Sweet Little Jesus Boy” to favorites such as “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.”
“They’ll all be sung in English,” she said.
Proceeds from concert ticket sales are donated to the music education programs in the public schools serving the communities in which the singers reside. As of this year these children’s programs have received in excess of $210,000 in support.
The 2017 season marks the 22nd year of concerts and numbers have grown from 30 to more than 100 in that time. The chorale is always looking for people who enjoy music, love to sing and appreciate the opportunity to bring inspiring Christmas messages to the communities.