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Holiday concert to feature Cornish carols


Songs about the Nativity, gift-giving, merry-making and Santa Claus comprise the 2018-19 season’s Christmas concert of the Grass Valley Male Voice Choir – “Sing We Now of Christmas.” 

The program begins with the Cornish carol “Sound! Sound!” sung in Grass Valley since 1876 and reminding the audience of the choir’s Cornish heritage. Beautiful melodies of Biebl, Racha minoff, and Tchesnokoff will mix with music of more contemporary names such as Forrest, Althouse and the choir’s Darrell Crawford. The program ends with the audience joining in to sing traditional carols.

The Male Voice Choir is the direct descendant of Cornish miners’ choirs that sang in Grass Valley for more than 90 years. Eleanor Kenitzer, the group’s founder, is an experienced choral conductor who revived the Cornish singing tradition locally in 1990 with the Cornish Carol Choir, whose songs can be enjoyed at downtown Grass Valley’s Cornish Christmas events.

Choir members – a non-auditioned group – are men who love to sing in a group of friends. New members are always welcome. 

Commitment to community is a core value of the choir, fulfilled by its revenue-sharing partnerships with local nonprofits and churches, including the Forever Young Chorus, Hospice of the Foothills, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, St. Canice and others, which will sell concert tickets to their members as a fundraiser.

The Choir’s two performances are both in a new holiday venue for 2018: Peace Lutheran Church Fellowship Center, 828 W. Main St., Grass Valley, on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7:30 p.m.

Advance tickets are available for $20 at GVMaleVoiceChoir.org or at The Book Seller in Grass Valley. 

For more information, email SingWithUs@GVMaleVoiceChoir.org.

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The Male Voice Choir will perform on Dec. 15 and 18 at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley.