Special to the
Opelika Observer

The East Alabama Civic Chorale will present its annual Christmas Concert on Dec. 3 at Auburn First Baptist Church, starting at 7 p.m. This is the chorale’s first concert under the leadership of its new conductor, Dale Peterson.
The 65-voice choir will present a wide variety of seasonal music including works by Vivaldi, Mendelssohn and Berlioz plus traditional favorites and carols arranged by John Rutter. Liza Weisbrod is the chorale’s pianist and for this presentation the Plains Woodwind Trio will accompany several of the selections.
A delightful new composition, “Three for Three” (three carols arranged for three wind players) by Conductor Emeritus Jim Sikes will receive its world premiere at the concert.
“Even though retired as conductor, we are so delighted Jim Sikes continues to use his creativity to benefit the chorale and the community,” Peterson said. “I believe the East Alabama Civic Chorale has prepared a concert of Christmas music, both sacred and secular, that everyone will enjoy. These singers love music and love singing and their faithful attendance and hard work every week are proof of their love of choral music and commitment to the chorale.”
The community is cordially invited to attend. The concert is free, however donations will be accepted.
All of the donations will be divided between the chorale (paying for the expenses of the concert) and The Food Bank of East Alabama.
“We support and believe strongly in the arts in our community. At this time of year, we are also reminded and believe strongly in helping those in our community who are less fortunate. So, we are glad that we can share our donations with the Food Bank,” Peterson said.
For more information, like and follow the group’s Facebook page. Auburn First Baptist is located at 128 E. Glenn Ave.