Rock­mart Com­mu­nity Cho­rus kicks off hol­i­days with “O Holy Night” con­cert

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE - By Lorene Parker loren­[email protected]

Rock­mart’s hol­i­day sea­son got un­der­way at the start of the month as area res­i­dents raised their voices in joy in their an­nual con­cert.

The Rock­mart Com­mu­nity Cho­rus put on their an­nual Christ­mas con­cert on De­cem­ber 2 and 3 at the down­town the­atre, a show ti­tled “O Holy Night,” in part­ner­ship with the cur­rent art gallery ex­hibit at the Rock­mart Cul­tural Arts Cen­ter.

The gallery shines a spot­light on lo­cal artist Su­san Wa­ters, who not only sang in the Christ­mas con­cert, but also hand­crafted the show’s stage dec­o­ra­tions.

“I hope this has helped kick off your Christ­mas,” cho­rus di­rec­tor Deb­bie Miller said to the au­di­ence after the per­for­mance.

Fif­teen years ago, Miller was asked to lead the choir as she had ex­pe­ri­ence with school and church mu­sic.

“I do it be­cause I have had mu­sic in my heart for a very long time,” Miller said. “We feel like we are giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity through the per­for­mances.”

“But it’s not just about the per­for­mances. It’s the ca­ma­raderie and fel­low­ship we have with one an­other each week; it be­comes like fam­ily,” Miller added.

Teresa Reed, who has been a part of the cho­rus for fif­teen years, said “I’ve al­ways been in some type of a choir and I love the mu­sic.”

She also en­joys get­ting to know the other mem­bers.

Clark Willing­ham has been a par­tic­i­pant for four years and said the pro­gram is ca­sual and re­laxed, but fun.

“It keeps my mu­sic abil­ity ex­er­cised,” Willing­ham said.

The Com­mu­nity Cho­rus is open to any mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who en­joy singing.

Prac­tice is held once a week in or­der to pre­pare for their two an­nual shows—one be­fore Christ­mas and one in the spring.

If you missed this year’s Christ­mas con­cert, be sure to visit the “O Holy Night” art ex­hi­bi­tion at the Rock­mart Cul­tural Arts Cen­ter, lo­cated at 316 North Pied­mont Av­enue in Rock­mart, near the Rock­mart Pub­lic Li­brary and Po­lice De­part­ment.

Miller said “if you have chil­dren, this will make the Christ­mas story come to life for them.”

As well, look for the Rock­mart Com­mu­nity Cho­rus to an­nounce the de­tails of their an­nual spring sea­son show.

/ Lorene Parker

The Rock­mart Com­mu­nity Cho­rus per­formed their “O Holy Night” show on Satur­day, Dec. 1 and Sun­day, Dec. 2.

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