I-5 Connection Chorus kicks off holiday season with concert
The I-5 Connection Chorus is presenting its annual Christmas concert at the Meridian United Church of Christ on Dec. 2 at 3 p.m.; and this year, the show involves a treat for the audience.
The free concert will feature holiday music, both secular and sacred.
"These concerts are free and it's a great way to start off the holiday season because we sing this wonderful music," said chorus soprano and media contact Louise Gibson. "And it's really upbeat and family-oriented. So, before you kick off the holidays, just come and get all inspired by our beautiful music."
The 46-member chorus is directed by Jocelyn Higgins and accompanied by pianist Katie Turner and the String-A-Longs Kip Stevenson and Ken Ochsner. This year, Higgins is extending an invitation to all guests to come up out of the audience and join the chorus in singing "The Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's Messiah.
The Christmas concert is one of two that the choir puts on throughout the year. The other is held in the spring. I-5 Connection, a community choir, rehearses at the Wilsonville Community Center every Thursday morning. According to Gibson, the choir consists primarily of retired persons because of the morning practice time, but is open to all adults in the area.
"We call ourselves the I-5 Connection so that the communities along I-5 will feel welcome to come and join us," Gibson said.
In addition to concerts, the group regularly sings at retirement homes in the area.
"The primary mission is to serve elderly people in the surrounding assisted living places," Gibson said.
The Christmas concert is expected to fill Meridian United Church of Christ, known locally as the "Frog Pond" church, located at 6750 Boeckman Road in Wilsonville; so, guests are encouraged to arrive early. The concert is offered for free partly thanks to a grant from the City of Wilsonville, but donations are appreciated.