From the simple beauty of the ancient canon “Dona Nobis Pacem” to the modern, rhythmical sound of “Lullaby,” the Conway Men’s Chorus will usher in the Christmas season at its annual WinterSong concert with a wide variety of music. The concert will be at Reynolds Performance Hall on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, with free admission and parking. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
Under the direction of Sam Huskey, the 55+ voice group will be presenting its sixteenth winter concert since organizing in 1998. Assistant director for this concert is Jordan Bennett and the piano accompanist is Paul Bradley. Participation requirements are simply a love of singing and a desire to give the gift of music back to the community. The chorus – composed of men of all ages and all musical abilities and knowledge – presents an annual Christmas Holiday concert and a Spring Pops concert as their music season.
Other selections by the Chorus will include “Sussex Carol,” Thomas Juneau’s “Noel, Sing We Noel!,” Marks & Wagner’s “A Holly Jolly Celebration,” and Ruth Elaine Scram’s arrangement of “A Gentleman’s Christmas.” Familiar favorites will include “In the Bleak Midwinter,” “Silent Night, Holy Night,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Jingle Bells” and “Silent Night, Holy Night.” There will also be the traditional audience sing-along with seasonal choruses.
Opening for the group on that evening will be VOCA — the Voices of Central Arkansas. VOCA is an award-winning, auditioned choral program for 4th-9th grade treble voices, and has recently expanded to include 9th-12th grade mixed voices. Under the direction of Dr. Sheri Cook-Cunningham, and Dr. Paige Rose, Assistant Professors of Choral Music Education at the University Central Arkansas, and accompanied by Mr. Bart Dooley, music specialist at Ida Burns Elementary in Conway, VOCA is a part of the University of Central Arkansas Community School of Music, and the choirs are open to any students through a successful audition.