PENNSBURY >> With Christmas just around the corner, the Pennsbury Community Chorus has decided to stay put. So on Saturday, December 12 you'll find them inside Keller Hall at Pennsbury High West, 608 South Olds Boulevard in Fairless Hills singing their hearts out. And the public is invited.
The chorus members, all 55 of them, will be “Home for the Holidays” as they sing well-known favorites such as “I'll be Home for Christmas," "Jingle Bells," "We Need a Little Christmas," "The Little Drummer Boy” and “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire,” among others.
Tickets for this PCC's 16th annual Winter concert, which starts at 3 p.m., are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors over 65 and $5 for students with ID. The chorus will be led by its founding Music Director James D. Moyer, who is coordinator of vocal music and director of choral activities for the Pennsbury School District as well as at the high school.
“We hope these selections – including such other well-known and popular hits as 'Please Come Home for Christmas' and 'There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays' – will revive the memories of just about everyone in this lower Bucks area, given its high mix of senior citizens and those not quite there yet,” said Moyer.
Moyer has also reached out beyound our shores to include gems from three overseas countries. There's a Jewish liturgal hymn “Avinu Malkeynu” – addressed to God as “Our Father, Our King” and sung in Hebrew. Another comes Africa's Congo region, simply called Noel but sung in the Kituba dialect. The third is the Russian-based folk song, “The Sleigh”, which will be sung in English translation.
Making his debut with the Pennsbury Chorus is guest singer John Villemaire, who sings not only popular music but also specializes in the opera and classical worlds. A New Jersey resident, he has sung with the New York Lyric opera and Opera New Jersey, among others. He was praised by Opera News for ”the most musical and stylistic sophistication onstage, taking everything…as Rossini would have expected.”
Moyer noted that other musical/vocal events at the concert include the Pennsbury High School Falconairs Chorus, under the direction of faculty member Lindsey Bruno, and the Pennsbury Middle School Honor Choir under Director Matthew South, a faculty member who also sings tenor with the Pennsbury Community Chorus.