Cherokee Village Community Chorus will present as their Christmas concert. "A Time to be Jolly" Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. in the auditorium at Omaha Center. The chorus will present 10 numbers, interspersed with small group renditions of several other Christmas favorites.
"We planned this date and time to encourage our audience to take a couple of hours from their busy holiday shopping and sit and rest and enjoy the beautiful music of this season," said Director Becky Thurman.
"We will be serving hot chocolate and cookies before the program to help everyone get in the mood for music," she said.
Thurman said the chorus is excited about this year's program choices."We have been working on this music since we finished the fall concert, and we think all of you will enjoy our selections, she said."
Thurman said the format of the program will be different this year; instead of intermission entertainment by someone outside the chorus, members themselves will sing Christmas songs or lead the audience in singing Christmas carols. "This will give us a chance to showcase some of our own talent in a different way," Thurman said. Special presentations will include such favorites as "Let it Snow, "Santa Baby," "I'll be Home for Christmas" and "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer."
The program will open with the theme selection, "A Time to be Jolly," followed by three other lesser known songs, before small groups present "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Let it Snow!"
The second group of songs will include a Christmas Rock-n-Roll called "A-Rocking All Night," "Go Tell it on the Mountain," a Jester Hairston spiritual, and John Ritter's "What Sweeter Music," then more small group songs.
"We try to sing something by John Ritter each concert," Thurman said. "He is my all-time favorite and this haunting melody is one of his best."
The second half of the program will include six more selections interspersed with small group numbers and audience participation.
The program will close with "Christmastide."
Tickets are $2.50 and are available from Becky's Village Florist, from chorus members or at the door.