HI Singers prepare for annual holiday concert

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Composer Ellen Stephenson and Director Kerry Hays work together in directing a rehearsal of the Holiday Island Singers, which has about 40 members.

HOLIDAY ISLAND -- The Holiday Island Singers are enthusiastically rehearsing in preparation for their annual holiday concert, to be held Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. in the Holiday Island Clubhouse Ballroom.

This year's concert will include many seasonal favorites as well as some new pieces. The Singers are honored to be able to present four songs by local composer Ellen Stephenson, who has collaborated with Director Kerry Hays and the Singers on the presentation of these pieces, which include a very touching and unique version of "For the Beauty of the Earth."

Also included in the concert is "The Twelve Days After Christmas," an often-neglected part of the holiday season. You won't want to miss "A Celtic Silent Night," one of the prettiest arrangements of "Silent Night" ever written.

"All of our Singers, ages 40 to 90-plus, are eager to bring these holiday offerings to the public. And we are so honored to be able to collaborate with Ellen Stephenson. This is a unique opportunity that most directors and choral groups aren't afforded," says Director Kerry Hays.

Singers President Jackie Phillips says, "We continue to be thrilled to have Kerry as our director and his wife, Heather, as our accompanist. We couldn't be more excited about the pieces Kerry has chosen for us to sing."

Tickets for this concert are $8 for adults (students are free) and may be purchased from any Holiday Island Singer or by calling 479-363-9818.

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