By Keith Strange Staff Reporter
December 11, 2013
A standing-room-only crowd is expected as the community gathers for this year’s holiday favorite: The VOCE Holiday Concert.
This year’s event is set to get under way at 7 p.m., Monday at Central United Methodist Church in Mount Airy, said Director of Publicity Mark Gillsepie.
“This is something we have been doing since VOCE was formed in 2002, and it is certainly one of our favorite events that we consider a gift to the community,” he said.
This year, the group is planning on sticking to its roots, featuring holiday-themed classical selections as well as Christmas carols, Gillespie said.
“Some of the selections we’ll be performing include O Come All Ye Faithful, Silent Night and We Three Kings,” he said. “But we’ll also be performing some of the selections we’ve performed in the past that have been well-received by the community.”
For a little something different this year, Gillespie said Artistic Director Patti Miller Fulk decided not to bring in outside singers, choosing instead to highlight some local talent.
“We’re giong to be featuring some of VOCE’s premier voices, and I can tell you they’re just awesome,” he said. “I really can’t believe how good they are.
“Sometimes when you put voices together in an ensemble, you may not realize that these are some great vocalists who just happen to be singing as a group,” Gillespie added. “They blend so well that you may not realize how good each one is on its own.”
Some of the soloists this year include Joshua Whitt, Allison Crouse (not the country singer, Gillespie said.) Adam Rudisil and Jenny Talarico, to name a few.
The ensemble will be accompanies by Will Green, a 17-year-old high school junior and piano virtuoso.
“He will be performing a solo during the performance, and since he came on the scene his performance has been wonderfully-received by the community,” Gillespie said.
There is no cost for tickets, but Gillespie said donations will be accepted at the door.
“We ask for $10, but will gratefully accept whatever people can afford,” he said.
And if last year’s performance was any indication, the event will once again be well attended.
“This is our annual gift to the community, and last year it was standing room only,” Gillespie said. “It may be a good idea to come early.”
For more information, contact Gillespie at 336-789-2035.
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