The Wayne Choralaires is planning a Christmas concert this Sunday Dec. 2 at Queen of Peace Church in Hawley.
This year’s program, "Because It’s Christmas," includes popular sacred and secular songs.
Symbols of the holiday: bells, stars, small towns and the birth of Jesus are the focus of the program.
Under the direction of Patricia Spoor, the Choralaires’ Christmas concerts are a popular Northeastern Pennsylvania holiday tradition.
The Choralaires will surround the audience with song as they position themselves around the room to begin with "Carol of the Bells," and then they will take their places as they move forward to "Caroling, Caroling." Next will be two Irving Berlin favorites, "Happy Holidays" and "White Christmas," followed by other familiar songs, including "I’ll Be Home for Christmas" and "Jingle Bells." Piano and percussion accompanists will be Martha Curtis, choral director at Honesdale High School, and Tim Farrand, a student at Honesdale High School. Flutists will be Betty Ann Robson in Honesdale and Betsy Black in Carbondale and Hawley.
Entertainment during intermission will feature other Honesdale students: Leah Schweighofer will sing "O Holy Night," and Austin Orthouse and Kelsey Frisk will perform a duet based on "The First Noel" and Pachelbel’s "Canon." Martha Curtis and Tim Farrand will present two piano duets.
The second half of the concert will have an emphasis on sacred Christmas songs. With "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," Mendelssohn’s "There Shall a Star Come Out of Jacob," and "Thus Was He Born" to name a few. The concert will conclude with the Choralaires’ traditional Christmas ending, "Peace, Peace," which interweaves "Silent Night."
A number of chorus members will also be soloists. In "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," Mary Mullen will be the soloist. For "Silver Bells," Doug Dixon and Dennice Barbour will sing. In "Because It’s Christmas," soloist Deb Dailey will perform in Hawley. Betsy Black and Kerri Stuart will sing a duet in "Gaudete!" Austin Orthouse will be the soloist for "Winter Wonderland of Snow," and Marissa Nacinovich will be the soloist for "All that Hath Life and Breath Praise Ye the Lord."
The first of three concerts was held Nov. 25 in Honesdale.
On Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. there will be a concert at St. Rose of Lima Church, Carbondale; and Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2:30 p.m. at B.V.M. Queen of Peace Church, Church and Chestnut Streets, Hawley.
Choralaires concerts are designed to appeal to people of all ages and reflect a wide range of musical styles. Admission is free, but free-will offerings will be gratefully accepted to help cover the costs of music.