The 30-voice Bay Area Choral Society will present “Christmas – Then and Now,” a program of seasonal music, at 3 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 16 at the First United Methodist Church, 1001 Constitution Drive,in Port St. Joe.
The Bay Area Choral Society sings regularly as part of the Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing Arts concert series held in Apalachicola annually. The chorus is made up of singers from many nearby Gulf Coast communities which include Port St. Joe, Mexico Beach, Wewahitchka, Carrabelle, Lanark Village, Eastpoint, St. George Island as well as Apalachicola.
The chorus, directed by Merel Young and accompanied by pianist Janis Ramos, is reprising the concert they performed on Sunday at in Apalachicola’s Trinity Episcopal Church.
The chorus will perform selections such as the familiar "O Come, O come, Emmanuel" and the 16th century setting of "O Magnum Mysterium" by Spanish composer, Tomas Luis de Victoria.
Twentieth century carols by John Rutter, plus "Mary, Did You Know?" by Mark Hayes represent the more modern genre. Also music of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and George Frederic Handel will round out the program with several choruses and solos from the Christmas portion of Messiah.
Soloists performing will be soprano Sharon Solomon, soprano Carla May, and contralto Tamara Marsh.
The suggested admission donation for the concert is $5.