Community Choir prepares for annual Christmas Concert

Friday, November 30, 2018

It’s that time of year again, and while the kids are eagerly awaiting Santa, the Livingston Community Choir wants to help you kick off the holiday season with music and cheer.

At 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, the choir will host their Annual Christmas Concert at Holbrook Church, according to a Community Choir press release.

This community tradition stretches back to when the area was settled. In 1882, the original choir was formed as the population grew in Livingston. Many of the original settlers came from Midwestern cities or from Scandinavian and British backgrounds where choral singing was deeply rooted and respected. A culture of music and the arts was established and embraced, continuing on into the present day, according to the release.

Livingston Community Choir was most recently started up in 1982 after a rather long hiatus, by a group of women who wanted to sing in a large choir. It has been an active part of Livingston’s art scene ever since. Community choirs exist in very few Montana cities, and none as small as Livingston.

To celebrate the festivities this year the choir will be performing seven songs under the direction of Mark Mills. These pieces include the Christmas classic “Silent Night,” an upbeat Hanukah ditty “Bidi Bom,” a show stopping arrangement “Christmas Auld Lang Syne” and the choir classic “Let There Be Peace On Earth.” In addition to the Community Choir, the St. Andrews Children’s Choir will perform as well as instrumental and vocal solo’s, duets, and quartets.

Community Choir Vice President and longtime member, Bonnie Murphy, welcomes everyone to attend, saying, “We have been practicing for months to put on a great show and we want to extend an invitation to everyone in the community to join us and get in the holiday spirit!”

The concert will be held at the Holbrook Church at 424 W. Lewis St. in Livingston. Admission is free and holiday refreshments will be served after the performance.