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Spivey Hall childrens groups to perform holiday concert

Hark, the herald "angels" will soon be singing at Clayton State University's Spivey Hall concert facility.

Spivey Hall's three choirs for young people — its Children's Choir, Touring Choir and Young Artists Choir — are coming together in early December for a weekend of Christmas music. It is time for their 18th annual Christmas concert.

So, come all ye music aficionados, to hear children from across the Atlanta area sing a mixture of well-known, and lesser-known — and never heard before, in one case — songs for the holiday season. It is not likely, however, that nine ladies come out dancing on the stage, while 10 lords go "a-leaping" through the audience, and seven swans go "a-swimming" in the university's nearby Swan Lake.

It will just be the voices of children, and the sounds of the Spivey Hall organ, cutting through an otherwise silent night.

"This is their signature choir event for the season," said Spivey Hall Children's Choir General Manager Carol Abarr. "It's an assortment of familiar songs for the holidays. There will even be a couple of audience carols where members of the audience get to sing along, to the accompaniment of Spivey Hall's organ. It's a great way to get into the Christmas season."

All three choirs, whose combined membership totals approximately 160 youths, will perform together in the opening holiday concert, on Dec. 9, at 7 p.m., at Spivey Hall, which is located on Clayton State's main campus, in Morrow.

She added that two additional concerts, featuring only the Children's Choir and the Touring Choir groups, will take place on Dec. 10, and 11, at 3 p.m., also at Spivey Hall. Tickets for the concerts are on sale now, at Spivey Hall, at a price of $25 per person, Abarr said.

There will be a mixture of the traditional, and the new, at this year's concerts. "The Children's Choir and the Touring Choir will sing ‘Angel's Carol' [by John Rutter] at the beginning of the concert," Abarr said. "It's our signature song, and it's really neat when these two groups come out on stage together to sing this song."

The general manager also said the Touring Choir will be singing a new song, entitled "A New Carol," which has not been done before, at the concert. Abarr added that the new song was written by Ken Berg, the director of the Birmingham Boy's Choir. She said one of the Touring Choir members will perform an accompaniment on the oboe.

"It was commissioned for us, so that will be the premier of this piece," she said.

Call the Spivey Hall Box Office at (678) 466-4200, to order tickets for the performances. People interested in learning more about the children's choir programs at Spivey Hall can go on the Internet, to www.spiveyhallchildrenschoir.org/.