Danville Barbershop Chorus sets annual Christmas concert for Dec. 8

Danville Barbershop Chorus sets annual Christmas concert for Dec. 8

DANVILLE — The Danville Barbershop Chorus will present its annual Christmas concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at St. James United Methodist Church.

This year's concert will benefit Fair Hope Children's Ministries. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for K-12 students. Pre-kindergarten children and younger are free.

Special guests will be the Salt Fork High School chorus under the direction of Amanda Bellerud.

Marty Lindvahl, who directs the 46-member barbershop chorus, said the concert will appeal to people of all ages.

"The first half will be a selection of secular songs, including 'Frosty the Snowman,' 'Happy Holiday' and 'Carol of the Bells,'" Lindvahl said. "The second half will be sacred hymns including 'O Holy Night,' 'Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming' and 'Mary Did You Know.'"

The Salt Fork choir will sing two songs, and both choirs will join together for Pentatonix's "That's Christmas To Me."

"Throughout the show, we'll feature ... three quartets, an octet and a group called Young Plus One, made up of about 10" barbershop chorus members, Lindvahl said. "We will also have a Christmas carol sing-along with the audience. And the concert will end with 'Silent Night' and 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas.'"

This is the second year that the annual concert, which benefits a local ministry or charitable organization, will raise money for Fair Hope. Last year, it raised $3,300 in donations, Lindvahl said.

"We're hoping to hit the $5,000 mark this year, if possible," she said, adding that 100 percent of proceeds go to charity.

Established in 2004, Fair Hope is an outreach program of seven area United Methodist churches — Bowman Avenue, St. James, Union Corner, Batestown, Catlin, First United and Farmer's Chapel — and is funded through donations from churches, community-service groups, service organizations, businesses and individuals, and through grants from local foundations.

In the 2017-18 fiscal year, it provided clothing for 1,040 in 515 families; 40 portable play yards; 100 layettes for newborns; and more than 250 backpacks and school supplies to local students, according to Director Karel Volpert. Volpert said the ministry is staffed entirely by volunteers who assist clients, do laundry and mending, shop, knit, crochet, sew quilts, and restock racks and shelves.