The Delaware Community Chorus will present its Christmas concert, “Songs of Exultation,” on Sunday, Dec. 20, at Asbury United Methodist Church, 55 W. Lincoln Ave.
Performances will be at 3 and 5 p.m. The chorus is under the direction of Daniel D. Hursey.
The concert will feature seasonal favorites, such as “Silver Bells” and “Sleigh Ride,” mixed among a variety of carols, including a group of Moravian carols based on old Czeck melodies. In addition, the chorus will present a work by G.F. Handel, “Chandos Anthem IV, O Sing Unto the Lord,” accompanied by a chamber orchestra and two guest performers, soprano Elizabeth Barrett and tenor Jason Heister.
Both the chorus and the soloists will be accompanied on the piano and organ by Robert Nims.
“The Handel selection is a very good representation of the Baroque music period and can be a challenge for a chorus to capture its style, but I believe this group has done it beautifully,” Hursey said.
There will be a pre-concert program of carols presented by the “Santa’s Strings,” a youth ensemble under the direction of Jonalyn Snyder, a longtime Delaware cello instructor.
Barrett has advanced degrees in voice performance and has been the featured vocalist in several regional and international music festivals. She holds faculty positions in voice at Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Otterbein University.
Heister has advanced degrees in voice and choral music from the University of Cincinnati and is currently assistant professor of music at Ohio Wesleyan University where he teaches voice and conducting, and directs the opera and choral programs. He has performed in a variety of genres, including opera, oratorio, choral and jazz in Ohio and other venues.
Nims is the choir director at Asbury Methodist Church and is a retired professor of music at Ohio Wesleyan.
Concert tickets are $10 and are available at the door, or can be purchased from chorus members, online at www.delawarechorus.org and in The Global Village Collection, 27 N. Sandusky St.
Information for this story was provided by the Delaware Community Chorus.