by Luke Osteen
Vocalists from throughout Western North Carolina will gather to perform the Highlands Community Chorale’s concert at 5:00 P.M. Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15, at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation.
Though it’s billed as the “Highlands” Community Chorale, the group enjoys the talented voices of artists gathered both here on the Plateau and far beyond. They’re under the direction of Conductor Grat Rosazza, who shepherded The Western North Carolina Singers to their triumphant return to Highlands in June.
Rosazza has chosen a challenging Christmas program for his artists. One of the compositions is in 5/8ths time, which will test the vocal acuity of the choir as they produce a lopsided rhythm pattern that captures the tread of a donkey as it makes its way to Bethlehem bearing Mary and her soon-to-be-born son.
As in the Chorale’s previous Christmas performances, it’s a good gambit to arrive at the church early, since it draws audiences from all over this corner of the Southern Appalachians.
The Highlands Community Chorale was formed 25 years ago. Leadership of the chorale traditionally rotates among the churches in Highlands. The host church each year provides not only the venue, but its choir director, support for the rehearsals, and a reception following the Sunday concert. Be prepared to share a small donation to help the chorale offset the cost of music. Come and be blessed by this special event.