The Old Fort Community Chorus will present their 2016 Christmas concerts with group and solo acts this weekend at Greenlee Baptist Church.
This year’s chorus has 70 members from McDowell, Buncombe and Burke counties. This is the 32nd year of the chorus’s organization which has two charter members, Shirley McEntire and Carolyn Early. Those two ladies sang in the first program of the chorus on December 14, 1984.
“We hope you can come out to hear the chorus this year. We appreciate your support as our audience and we certainly hope that the concerts will be a blessing to you and be a wonderful start of your Christmas season for 2016,” a news release from the event said.
The event will be Saturday at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of Greenlee Baptist Church on U.S. 70 West.
Included in the program for 2016 is a mixture of old tradition Christmas selections and arrangements of other well-known selections.
The first number, “The Sounds of Christmas,” features some of the children of the H.O.M.E. Home School Co-op.
There are several soloists and ensemble groups out of the chorus that will be featured as well. One of the youngest soloists, Mary Grace Smith, will honor us with a selection titled, “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.” This song will delight all youngsters, as well as the young at heart.
Other soloists include Jim Morris, Savannah Allison, Ashleigh Phillips, Howard Smith (who is also the chorus’s accompanist), Snapper Greene, Jamie Burnette, Emmett Carson, Angie Duncan, Hannah Laws, David Hensley, Jonathan Tipper, and a men’s ensemble with Chris Kagan, Jonathan Tipper, Howard Smith, Steve Jones, Joe Head, Rook Wetzel, Bill Fisher, David Hensley and Ron Springs.
A portion of the chorus has been invited to sing at the Biltmore House on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 5:30 p.m. for their annual Candlelight Christmas.
There is no admission for the concerts this weekend, but donations are greatly appreciated.