Park City Singers bring in sounds of the holidays
It’s not often one gets to see Marc Raymond sing the solo in "You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," but this weekend will offer two opportunities when the Park City Singers sing their second and third holiday concerts.
In addition to Raymond, the shows will include the whole host of other local performers who make up the Singers’ lineup.
The group presented their first holiday show on Sunday in the Celebrity Theatre at the Prospector Square Lodge and Conference Center; the next two will run Friday and Sunday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and again at the Conference Center.
"Last year was the first year we did three concerts and they were so successful we decided to do it again," said Lori Hoffer, the chair-person of the Singers’ board of directors.
Formed in 1995 by a group of singers from the Park City Community Church Choir, the Park City Singers was created as an open secular community choir.
The holiday concerts are one of the group’s main events each year, and true to the group’s origins, the Singers’ shows aim for inclusiveness. This year’s program includes Christmas carols, Hanukah songs sung in Yiddish, and a few pieces with some Latin flair.
"We have some of the old Christmas favorites, but we also have some others," said Hoffer.
The lineup, she said, was made to speak to all parts of the community.
"It’s going to have some serious Christmas music, and it’s going to have some music from different cultures," said John VanWagoner, the group’s musical director.
"We tried to make a mix of not just Christmas music, but holiday music and winter music," Hoffer said.
The choir, which will field between 45 and 50 singers for each performance, will perform most but not all songs as a large group.
"In addition to the whole group singing, we will have some small-group songs," Hoffer noted.
She said the show also includes Marc Raymond’s performance and another solo by Cole Sport owner Gary Cole. Those performances, along with the ones sung by small groups, will provide some variation in performers to match the variety of holiday subject matter.
According to VanWagoner, the Singers have enjoyed the show. He said the practice sessions leading up to the first performance went well.
"It’s been a great experience," he said. "We’re excited to perform."
Hoffer and VanWagoner both said the show should prove enjoyable for almost any audience member, whether he or she is young or old, or a visitor or local.
"Musically speaking, we just want it to be a lot of fun for anybody," VanWagoner said. "It’s really well put together as far as that’s concerned."
Hoffer said the Singers were hoping for a good turn-out for its last two shows. After last year’s success, the group found its way into a venue with some more seating. While the Singers normally perform at St. Luke’s this is the first year the group has performed in the conference center’s 400-seat Celebrity Theatre. "It’s a little bit bigger than our normal venue, but we’re hoping we can fill it up," said Hoffer.
Tickets for both the Friday and Sunday shows are $10 and are available at Dan’s Foods, the Prospector Square Lodge and Conference Center, the Utah Conservatory and at the door.
Hoffer encouraged the public to come out.
"We try to make it interesting to everybody," she noted.
The Park City Singers will perform their holiday show at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Celebrity Theatre in the Prospector Square Lodge and Conference Center. For more information about the Park City Singers, visit http://www.parkcitysingers.com.
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