The Kenosha Chamber Choir – which last performed in December 2019 – resumed rehearsals in September and are now ready to present a Christmas concert.
The show will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 5 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 5900 Seventh Ave. in downtown Kenosha.
Tickets cost $ 5. A family pass, which admits two adults and children, costs $ 20.
“As with so many bands, the Kenosha Chamber Choir was never able to give its spring concert in 2020 due to COVID and only recently resumed meetings in September,” Jerome Hogan said. These dedicated singers have been rehearsing every Monday evening since September 13 and will have rehearsed a total of 28 hours wearing masks. This was done out of caution, with proof of vaccination and social distancing.
“We hope that at the concert the singers will perform without masks,” he said, adding: “We hope the community will support us even if we feel the need to ask the audience to wear masks for a year. and a half. hours from the concert. “
Hogan and his wife, Debra, were hired as a team in 2019 to oversee the community choir.
“Debra and I plan the music and the programs together,” Jerome Hogan said. “She is the accompanist and I am the conductor of the group.”
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The program features traditional Christmas carols such as “Here We Come A Caroling”, “Lo, How a Rose Ere Blooming”, “O Little Town of Bethlehem”, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “Sing We Now of Christmas . “
Also on the program, a grouping of songs by Alfred Burt. Burt was an American songwriter who on Christmas sent cards with newly composed Christmas carols written on the back to his family and friends.
The program will end with three selections by Dan Forrest: “There Is Faint Music”, “See Amid the Winter’s Snow” and “Silent Night”.
“The audience may remember that at our 2019 Christmas concert we performed the first two of these selections,” Hogan said. “They have proven to be the favorites of audiences and singers. This year we added his new arrangement ‘Silent Night’ to make a grouping of Forrest’s pieces. He has a knack for drawing audiences into music by defining his songs. arrangements. in an innovative way. “