The Chat­tanooga Boys Choir will present the 56th Singing Christ­mas Tree at the Tivoli.

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One of Chat­tanooga’s longestrun­ning hol­i­day tra­di­tions takes place Satur­day, Dec. 1, when the Chat­tanooga Boys Choir presents the 56th an­nual Singing Christ­mas Tree.

Two fam­ily- friendly shows will be pre­sented in the Tivoli The­atre: the first at noon, the sec­ond at 5:30 p.m.

More than 100 cho­ris­ters in the Chat­tanooga Boys Choir’s five com­po­nent choirs will per­form, as well as guest artists from the Chat­tanooga Sym­phony & Opera Youth Orches­tra, Bal­let Ten­nessee, the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Bells hand­bell ensem­ble and the East Lake Ex­pres­sion En­gine.

The theme of this year’s Singing Christ­mas Tree is “On a Silent Night.” It was cho­sen to com­mem­o­rate the 200th an­niver­sary of the pop­u­lar carol “Silent Night,” which was writ­ten in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gru­ber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr.

Au­di­ence mem­bers at this year’s Singing Christ­mas Tree will hear the carol in sev­eral ver­sions, in­clud­ing a dra­matic mu­sic in­tro­duc­tion telling the story of how the song came to be writ­ten.

The choir also will per­form a num­ber of tra­di­tional carols, hol­i­day mu­sic from around the world and sev­eral hol­i­day fa­vorites. These in­clude ex­cerpts from Ben­jamin Brit­ten’s “Cer­e­mony of Carols,” Dan For­rest’s set­ting of “The First Noel,” Carl Ny­gard’s ar­range­ment of “I Saw Three Ships” and “African Noel” com­posed by An­dré Thomas.

Among hol­i­day fa­vorites on the pro­gram will be “Twas the Night Be­fore Christ­mas,” “Holly Jolly Christ­mas,” “Sleigh Ride” and “Lit­tle Drum­mer Boy.”

The cho­ris­ters will also per­form “Hevenu Shalom Ale­ichem” and “Ose Shalom” in their orig­i­nal He­brew.

“There is surely some­thing for ev­ery­one in this year’s pro­gram,” says Vin­cent Oakes, CBC di­rec­tor.

“In ad­di­tion to the beau­ti­ful mu­sic, see­ing over 200 young peo­ple en­gaged in such an im­pres­sive and won­der­ful pro­gram will be sure to lift the spir­its of any­one in at­ten­dance.”

CBC CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Mem­bers of the Chat­tanooga Boys Choir fill tiers of a metal-frame tree con­structed by par­ents to cre­ate the an­nual Singing Christ­mas Tree.

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