Village Chorale to present ‘Christmas by Candlelight’

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE -- The Village Chorale will present its annual Christmas Concert, "Christmas by Candlelight," at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Woodlands Auditorium.

Tickets are available at, the Woodlands box office or from Chorale members. The ticket price is $15. Tickets are sponsored by Arvest Bank and the concert is sponsored by Re/Max of Hot Springs Village.

The music is an "around-the-world mix of carols with lush choral settings," a news release said.

"The traditional carol 'Joy To The World' has been set by Dan Forrest as an Irish slide, usually danced in groups by set dancers. Forget tradition -- kiss the Blarney stone, and grab your shillelagh and tin whistle as we brandish our Irish spirit in this number," it said.

Traditional carols from England and France are also featured.

"You will enjoy 'Rudolph on the Housetop,' 'Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow,' 'We Wish you Christmas' and a piece in Latin, 'Magnificat Anima Mea,' along with other selections including 'I Will Light Candles This Christmas' and 'Grown Up Christmas List' with music by David Foster, lyrics by Linda Thompson. It was originally recorded by Natalie Cole," the release said.

"There will be two opportunities for the audience to sing along during the concert. Joining us in performance will be a string quintet, oboist, percussionist and extra hands at the piano," it said.

"This concert is in memory of our founding director, Dr. Dick Fulton. Our wish is to bring hope and the joy of the season to all who attend. We look forward to seeing you there."

A free, small sample concert will be performed at The Chittum Venue in Hot Springs at 2 p.m. Nov. 29. The Chorale is also singing two numbers with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $35.

The Village Chorale, "Connecting Community to Choral Art," is always looking for new members. Call Thomas Bolton at 502-889-1520 to arrange an audition.