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Festival Choral Society presents holiday concert

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The Festival Choral Society presented its holiday concert Dec. 7 and 8 at the Spring Hill Baptist Church, Spring Hill, KS to capacity crowds in spite of bitterly cold temps, sleet, ice, and snow.

The Festival Choral Society, a nonprofit community choral organization, planned and performed the year’s Christmas candlelight concert, On This Shining Night, under the direction of Eric Jones. Jones serves as both Executive and Artistic Director for the Society.

The warm confines of the church allowed the Society to present a two part Christmas show of favorite Christmas music as well as include some new and non-traditional melodies as well. The concert featured mostly jazz renditions of mostly secular music. Still, traditional religious carols cemented the show together and are always a welcome addition to any Christmas show.

The concert featured local musical talent, Tim Noland whose career spans New York, Hawaii, and national tours. Locally, Noland worked at Starlight Theatre, New Theater, The Coterie, Theater for Young America, Musical Theatre Heritage, The Chestnut Fine Arts Center, and Quality Hill Playhouse among others.

Noland brought his booming tenor voice to the choral society as a member of the chorus and as featured soloist. His spotlight pieces for the holiday show were “Christmas-- Baby, Please Come Home,” a swinging jazzy number; “Mary, Did You Know,” and the finale, “White Christmas” sung with the choral society in backup harmony.

The musical accompaniment, Jones manned the keyboard as he directed, while Todd Davis added percussion and Lynn Elliott picked away at the bass. The trio of gifted musicians added depth to the concert.

The Society voices blended well with rapturous harmonies on all selections. A capella songs allowed the Society to showcase the vocal talents of the group. Overall, the Society presented a well received and appreciated holiday concert.

First half selections included: “Carol of the Bells,” “The Yearning,” “Sleigh Ride,” “O Holy Night,” “Evensong,” “Baby, Please Come Home,” and “Happy Holiday Medley.” After a short intermission, part II included: “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” “Caroling, Caroling,” “Let It Snow,” “That’s What I Want for Christmas,” “Mary, Did You Know,” “The Man with the Bag/Santa Baby,” “Sure on This Shining Night,” “Silent Night,” and “White Christmas.”

Festival Choral Society choir members are from Paola, Louisburg, Spring Hill and surrounding areas, a spokesman said.

For information about the Society and their future events, call: 913.686.2400 or 913.481.5349. More information is available through their email: fcsociety@embarqmail.com.

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