Thursday, February 22, 2024

Celebrate Christmas in the Mountains with the Leavenworth Village Voices

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The Leavenworth Village Voices community choir can’t wait to share the magic of the Christmas season with you this year! After a triumphant return to performing in 2021 after the COVID-19 pause, the Leavenworth Village Voices is welcoming in the 2022 Christmas season with several new members and a repertoire of traditional holiday songs, familiar favorites, and new arrangements.  Accomplished choir director Mindy Wall has once again fine-tuned the choir of skilled performers who will be spreading the Christmas spirit to one and all. They will be accompanied this year by Kumchu Dickenson, a talented and expressive local pianist. Performances include a 2 p.m., Sunday matinee at Leavenworth’s Snowy Owl Theater, Icicle Creek Center for the Arts on December 11. This concert will feature both the Leavenworth Village Voices and the Marlin Handbell Ringers, delighting fans of these two long-time Leavenworth musical traditions. A second concert with the Leavenworth Village Voices and guest artists will be featured at the Snowy Owl Theater at 7:30 p.m., on December 11, and a final concert at the Numerica Performing Arts Center (PAC) in Wenatchee at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, December 17.  Visit www.leavenworthvillagevoices.org for details and to purchase tickets.  Tickets will also be available at the door.

For over 40 years, the Leavenworth Village Voices has been sharing the joy of music with locals and visitors alike. Founded in 1982 with a mix of local church choirs and enthusiastic community members, the Leavenworth Village Voices started as a year-round choir, echoing Leavenworth’s Bavarian theme through traditional music and German attire. After 40 years of musically enriching our community, today’s full choir performs exclusively during the Christmas season. The Women’s’ Ensemble formed from choir members who wished to perform year-round. Together, the choir is guaranteed to inspire and spread the joy of the season.

Music for this year’s concerts include Christmas classics such as “Carol of the Bells,” a modern take on an old French melody in “Sing We Now of Christmas,” and a toe-tapping variation of “Deck the Halls,” called “A Very Merry Fa-La-La.” The choir is also delighted to be performing “Christmas Town,” a new song composed by James Knight in honor of our very own Christmas Town of Leavenworth, Washington. The two evening concerts will end with the choir’s tradition: a sing-along of Handel’s magnificent “Hallelujah” chorus, an audience favorite.  In addition to its choral pieces, LVV concerts will feature talented local artists, including Eric Link, the Bavarian Brass, Russian indie pop sensation BOSAYA, and Corban Welter. There is something for everyone, from kids from one to 92!

You may also hear the Leavenworth Village Voices perform in the Front Street gazebo during the final weekend of Leavenworth’s Village of Lights in on Sunday, December 18 at 5 p.m., Small groups of choir members will also lead caroling in the streets in downtown Leavenworth during each of the Christmas Lighting Festival weekends. If you’ve never attended a Leavenworth Village Voices concert, don’t miss out this year.  Give yourself and your loved ones the gift of the Christmas spirit through music, while supporting this hard-working nonprofit organization in your community. The performances are guaranteed to inspire and send the audience out the doors spreading the peace, hope, and love of the season!

For more information about the Leavenworth Village Voices or how to contact them to sing at your special event, find them on Facebook or at www.leavenworthvillage voices.org.

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