Cambrian: Arts & Events

Set to celebrate a ‘Season of Glory’

The 60-voice Cambria Chorale will present its 23rd annual Christmas concert “Season of Glory” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 15, at Community Presbyterian Church.

The chorus celebrates the season with a selection of holiday favorites from the lovely “O Holy Night” and “A Christmas Prayer” to the upbeat “Tis the Season” and “Hanukkah Nagilah” under the direction of Barbara Weber.

Adding texture and variety throughout the performance will be the contributions of chorale accompanist Karen Johnson, guest accompanist Ron Perry, instrumentalists Penny Beavers (harp), Lorna Mumper (percussion), Jim Chalifoux (bass) and Robbie James (drums).

The program will feature soloists Katherine Taylor, Al Curtice, Arlene Stone and Melanie Gruber. Mark Kramer will narrate the program.

Organized in 1990 as a group of people who simply enjoyed singing, the Chorale has evolved into a more ambitious group that sings at community events such as Hospitality Night, patriotic celebrations on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, and for groups like the Presbyterian Women and Cambria Lions Club.

As in previous years, the Chorale will also perform at Cambria’s Hospitality night on Dec. 6 at the Joslyn Recreation Center and will also bring their music to Casa de Flores, Bayside Care Center, Cayucos Senior Center, the Lions Club and the Presbyterian Women’s Club during the holiday season.

The Chorale is not only for those who love to sing and serve the community, but also to ensure the future of music as part of the community. Money raised through their concerts and private donations is used to fund the Cambria Youth Music Fund, which provides lessons for students who show talent in vocal or instrumental music and who need assistance to continue with their musical training. The Chorale is proud to be able to support 22 students this year.

Ticket to the “Season of Glory” concerts are $16 and are available at the Cambria Chamber of Commerce, 767 Main St.; the Joslyn Center, 950 Main St.; and at the door. Students may attend for free.