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Children's Chorus to perform Christmas concert

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The Tar River Children’s Chorus & Youth Strings will perform 'The Light of Christmas' at 7:30 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Rocky Mount.

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From Contributed Reports

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Candlelights, handbells, harp, flute, organ, strings and children’s voices all combine to make the joyous celebration of “The Light of Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Rocky Mount.

For this annual performance, the Tar River Children’s Chorus & Youth Strings will perform the much-requested Transiberian Orchestra’s “Christmas Canon.” Filling the program will be ancient to modern Christmas carols from many countries arranged by Dan Forrest, Benjamin Britten, Bob Chilcott, John Rutter and other famous composers.

More contemporary favorites, such as “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” “Some Children See Him” and “Breath of Heaven,” will round out a wonderful evening to help everyone begin the Christmas season with a merry heart.

Last spring, the award-winning Tar River Children’s Concert Chorus and Ensemble, under the direction of Patsy Johnson Gilliland, returned from the NYC Heritage Festival with top honors in their division and categories. The younger Cantare was the top scorer in Music in the Parks, Busch Gardens last spring, as well.

The Tar River Children’s Concert Chorus’ aim is to make superior, beautiful music — and they are obviously doing it. Over their 27 years, they have performed in the National Cathedral, Williamsburg’s Bruton Parish, NYC’s famous Riverside Church, Charleston’s Piccolo Spoletto Festival and Philadelphia’s Church of the Holy Trinity as well as performing locally with the Tar River Orchestra and Swing Band.

Tickets will be available at the door. Adult tickets are $15. Children and students through college — college ID required — are admitted free. For more information, visit www.tarriverlive.com.

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