Northeast Texas Choral Society
Wows Crowd With Concert, Saturday Night
by: Bobby McDonald
In their 14th Annual Christmas Concert, directed by Carol Allen, the Northeast Texas Choral Society delivered another "show stopping" performance that wowed the crowd, on a rainy night in Hopkins County. Saturday night's performance began with the chorus meeting and greeting the crowd, as they made their way to the stage to open with "Caroling, Caroling." The show quickly moved into "The Christmas Waltz" and then featured soloists, Mike Dodd and Lepha Luttrall in "Yes, Virginia There's A Santa Claus," from an 1880's poem, written about a little girl who wondered if there actually was a Santa Claus.
The Christmas Classic "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was the next selection, but with a "little bit of a new twist." And, "The Christmas Song" and "Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy" followed, before locally noted soloist, Kim Baxter, took the stage and performed her own rendition of "Santa Baby."
The first half of the show ended with first, "The Twelve Days After Christmas," featuring Dr. I.L Balkcom IV, the chorus' jokester, in "Divorce Court" following the holidays, as he had presented a number of unusual Christmas gifts, that weren't received with a gracious heart, and then Santa Claus arrived to put everyone back in the "jolly" spirit! And, Waylon Jordan and Robin Boshears "brought the house down" with their rendition of "Believe," as the show moved into intermission.
The second half of the show, devoted the spiritual aspects of Christmas, began with "The Yearning," a beautiful and heartwarming piece about the hope of eternal life. The show continued with "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear," featuring soloist, Lisa Bell, and was followed with an upbeat selection, "Rise Up, Shepherd," that featured drummer Caleb Frazier, in an outstanding performance.
Selected next was "And the Stars Sang," followed by "On Christmas Night All Christians Sing," that highlighted the Men's section of the chorus, and then, the women were featured in "All Through the Night."
An outstanding performance of "Glad Tidings of Joy" was presented next, followed by a composed reading, by Pamela Clayton, that she had penned for the occasion.
Then, the chorus performed the signature song of this year's show, "I Believe," to a standing ovation by the crowd.
The 14th annual Christmas show ended with the traditional benediction of "The Lord Bless You and Keep You!"
Enjoy the following photos from Saturday night's performance and you can still attend one last performance at 2:00 p.m., Sunday afternoon, December 4th:
From the Northeast Texas Choral Society!!!