|DJC to perform Saturday at Dresden Elementary |
|Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 12:00 pm |
|The David Johnson Chorus will kick off its 15th Christmas season Saturday night at Dresden Elementary School’s multipurpose room. |
The 7 p.m. concert will be an exciting new version of DJC’s annual presentation of “Come Celebrate Christmas.”
DJC Director David Johnson said it’s always a fun challenge to present a new show each year, but the chorus has a special impetus this season.
“Our participation in the World Choir Games exposed us to some of the best groups in the world. It was an opportunity to learn ways we can improve our performances,” Johnson said.
“I think our audiences, especially those people who have followed us faithfully through the years, will see and hear a significant difference in our Christmas concert. We are very excited about sharing with everyone what we learned in Cincinnati.”
DJC won three Silver Diplomas at the World Choir Games last July in Cincinnati, Ohio.
This year’s Christmas concert will provide some neat surprises, including the return of some “special guests” that have been missing from our shows for several years.
DJC has made special arrangements for Santa and his favorite reindeer, Rudolph, to fit us into their busy schedule. And there will be other new surprises and changes that will delight young and old alike.
“Our fans will want to bring their children and grandchildren for this special treat,” Johnson said.
With the concert coming during the Thanksgiving weekend, it also provides a wonderful opportunity for local fans to bring their relatives and other holiday guests to this family-friendly concert.
As one regular attendee said, “It’s just not Christmas yet until I hear the David Johnson Chorus’s Christmas show.”
As is always the case at a DJC concert, the music will be a mix of familiar seasonal favorites like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”
But there will also some of the newer pop songs presented, like “Last Christmas” by George Michael and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You.”
The trademark a cappella singing of DJC will also be highlighted with the haunting “O Magnum Mysterium,” the powerful Moses Hogan arrangement of “Glory, Glory, Glory to the Newborn King,” and the sublime William Dawson arrangement of “Mary Had a Baby.”
Tickets are $10 for adults. Children and students will be admitted free of charge. No advance tickets will be sold. A fingerfood reception will follow the concert at no extra charge.
The Dresden concert begins a busy fall season for DJC. The chorus will also take its Christmas show to Paris, Murray (Ky.), Newbern and Knoxville before singing at The Biltmore in Asheville, N.C., on Dec. 31. DJC has been invited to sing at The Biltmore for the sixth time.
Published in The WCP 11.20.12