Tickets on sale now for Choraleers Christmas concert

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The Canyon Lake Choraleers have been busy performing at community events throughout the year, but the highlight of their season will be the annual Christmas concert on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. in the Holiday Bay Room at the lodge.

The concert, simply titled JOY!, will be filled with familiar carols and songs from movies, such as The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Muppet Christmas Carol and Home Alone. This year, some pieces will feature the harp, trumpet and flute. Also this year, audience members will be invited to grab a copy of the score to sing Hallelujah with the group.

For this season concert, Director Lorilee Bajema has chosen songs that are jubilant, joyful and triumphant. Classical composers will be well represented too The concert will feature a of Bach and Mozart, as well as Vivaldi’s invigorating “Gloria.”

This will be the first concert Lorilee will be leading as the new music director. Lorilee, the daughter of residents Dutch and Patsy Bajema, is a conductor, pianist, singer and teacher who has performed with many choral groups throughout her career, including Halle Choir, Naples Philharmonic Chorus and the Bach Ensemble. She has sung under the lofty batons of conductors James Levine, Kent Nagano and Sir Mark Elder, to name a few.

General admission concert tickets are $15; $20 for VIP with guaranteed seats in the coveted front four rows. Tickets are available at the POA office, from any Choraleers member and at brownpapertickets.com.

The Canyon Lake Choraleers is a vocal group of men and women who enjoy singing in a choral group that performs spring and fall concerts, including combinations of selected singers and solo performances. Membership includes more than 35 members as well as a director and pianist. Membership is open to Canyon Lake residents and those in nearby communities. Rehearsals are held Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, contact Larry Garland at 508-498-6210 or visit canyonlakechoraleers.org.

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