Northeast Texas Choral Society Celebrates
15th Anniversary With Superb Concert
by: Bobby McDonald
"Charles Dickens" set the stage for the 15th Anniversary Choral Society
Concert, as he greeted guests for the performance.
They're ministers, shopkeepers, teachers, housewives, seamstresses, farmers, and cooks.....but all lent their voices to the 15th Anniversary Northeast Texas Choral Society performance in the Hopkins County Civic Center and proved why the organization enjoys a huge success, as it marks a milestone. It was announced that the spring 2013 concert will be a religious presentation, presented in three performances in the First United Methodist Church Sanctuary.
Dressed as English "Lords and Ladies," the choral group began this weekend's concert with Masters in This Hall and quickly moved into An Olde English Christmas, featuring Lepha Luttrall as the soloist.
Fum, Fum, Fum! and I Saw Three Ships were the next selections, that led into the 7/8 time presentation of Deck the Halls, that proved to be an audience favorite. Featuring English poetry selections put to music, this show then featured Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day and O Yule, Full of Gladness. A rendition of Baroque Christmas Festival led into the "show stopping" presentation of Do You Hear What I Hear? that featured superb soloist, Tim Marks, who lent his voice to an awesome performance and received a standing ovation from the crowd, just before the intermission break.
The second portion of the show featured It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas, A Star, and O Holy Night, that featured Sulphur Springs native, Susan Foster Fox, as the beautiful soloist. The performance continued with Ring the Bells!, and Christmas Day, that featured soloists, Lydia Walden, Lisa Bell, Marilyn Powers, Mike Dodd, Kevin Woolley, Mike Gilmer, and child soloist, Mark MecKeithen.
The final segment of the conert featured The White Dove, Creation Will Be at Peace (Dedicated to ill choral member Bo West, who was in the audience),the all time favorite, Go Tell It on the Mountain, and Hallehjah from "Mount of Olives."
The concert ended with the traditional The Lord Bless and Keep You, that called all former choral members to the stage to sing the selection. However, before the selection, members of the Northeast Texas Choral Society paid tribute to Carol Allen, who has served as the founding director of the organization for the past 15 years. "Without her guidance, talent, and drive, we could never have accomplished this 15 years of success!" explained members, as they extolled the many attributes of Allen.
Enjoy these photos of this year's Christmas Concert:
Merry Christmas From
The Northeast Texas Choral Society!!!