The Western Carolina University School of Music will present a concert by the Western Carolina Community Chorus on Sunday, Dec. 13, at First Baptist Church, Sylva.
The free concert begins at 4 p.m. and will feature performances by the oldest, continuously active community chorus in the region, formed in 1970 and composed of singers from the westernmost counties of the state. The chorus is directed by Robert Holquist, WCU professor emeritus of music.
A WCU faculty and student brass quintet will accompany four selections, including “Service to God,” written in 2003 by Holquist for the observance of the 20th anniversary of his service as minister of music at Sylva First Baptist Church. Mindy Cook will be a featured soloist in that selection. Two WCU student percussionists will assist the choir on Paul Basler’s “Gloria,” featuring Yona Wade as tenor soloist. All will be invited to sing “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” and “The First Noel” to close the concert with brass, piano and organ accompaniment.
Support of the Community Chorus comes from the WCU School of Music, Jackson County Arts Council, North Carolina Arts Council and private contributions and donations. For more information, contact WCU’s School of Music at 828-227-7242.