Warrenton Chorale’s “Christmas in Music”
By Carroll Foley
The chill, hustle and bustle of the Christmas season is fast approaching! It is with the greatest pleasure that the Warrenton Chorale is back and ready to help usher in the happy, joyous feelings this time of year evokes. Led by Dr. John Maerhofer, the chorale will present its annual “Christmas in Music” performance this year with a mixture of sacred and secular pieces that will bring back fond memories of yesteryear. You will hear several selections from Handel’s “Messiah”, “Sanctus” by Craig Courtney, “The First Noel”, “Carol of the Bells”, and “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson, just to name a few. Your Christmas mood will be set. There will be a favorite for everyone!
For nearly 70 years, the Warrenton Chorale has been a part of the fabric of Warrenton life. It began in 1953 under Dick March as an informal group of choir members from various town churches who gathered and presented a small cantata for the townspeople. When March moved from the Warrenton area, the baton fell to Barbara Rogers Stinson who directed and grew the organization for many, many years. Under her leadership the Chorale grew to over one hundred participants. The Christmas performance was so looked forward to each year that the concerts became a fixture on everyone’s calendars, not to be missed during the holiday season.
The chorale is made up of adults and young adults and is a non-auditioned choir. All are welcomed. The chorale is truly a family that enjoys being together and making music. Children are always part of the holiday performances. The magical sounds they produce lighten our hearts and rid us of our worries. This year we are proud to present the honor choir from P.B. Smith Elementary School, whose cheerful voices will surely please the audiences.
The Warrenton Chorale is a 501(c) 3 non-profit governed by a Board of Directors. We have an outreach program that we will be starting up again once the grip of the pandemic loosens and allows us to venture out into the community once again. We will visit assisted living homes throughout the area hoping to entertain and brighten the lives of the residents.
Warrenton Presbyterian Church, 91 Main Street, Warrenton
Thursday, December 9, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 10, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 11, 3 p.m.
Great Harvest Bread Company
Oak View National Bank-Warrenton
Or at the door of each performance