Tyler Civic Chorale's Christmas to include all styles of music

Published on Thursday, 12 December 2013 23:39 - Written by From Staff Reports

Those with a love for familiar Christmas music can look forward to the Christmas spectacular to be presented by the Tyler Civic Chorale.

Festivities will start at 6 p.m., an hour chosen to encourage the attendance of young children, and will feature traditional music of the season.

The master of ceremonies will be Taylor Hemness, news anchor at KLTV, and Austin Bank is underwriting the concert.

The program will include both sacred and secular music in a variety of styles: pop, ballad, jazz, calypso, spiritual, madrigal and sing-along. Soloists, small groups, and the entire Chorale will sing to the accompaniment of Judy Wilkins at the piano, Jeffrey Ford at the organ and a 19-piece chamber orchestra.

The site is the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church at 230 West Rusk Street in Tyler.

At the conclusion of singing, everyone is invited to follow Santa and Frosty the Snowman to the church’s fellowship hall, where a cookie walk will be held for the children.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children, available at

www.tylercivicchorale.org and from any chorister.

“We’re planning a huge Christmas gift for the community, and we hope to see entire families wearing colorful holiday attire.

The music and decorations will create a wonderful memory for the children,” said Chorale artistic director Donald Duncan. “We are calling it our ‘Christmasspectacularpalooza,’ and our aim is to get everyone present in the Christmas spirit.”

In addition to the spectacular, the Chorale will sing its traditional Lessons and Carol service at First Presbyterian on Sunday night, Dec. 22. This worship service is open to all.