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Community Choir hosted Christmas Concert last weekend

December 5, 2018

“Carol of the Bells” kicked off this year’s Butler County Community Choir Christmas Concert last weekend.

The 27-member choir sang holiday classics like “Go Tell It On The Mountain” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” to an audience on Sunday, Dec. 2, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in David City.

This was the second year Michael Eldridge, of Brianard, directed the choir. The group is comprised of volunteers from all throughout Butler County who have practiced once a week since October preparing for the concert. Eldridge said he was pleased with this year’s performance.

“There were a lot of great moments, very moving moments with the choir,” Eldridge said. “There were some choir members that were almost brought to tears during a few moments, so it was very powerful.”

This year, Eldridge said they incorporated the orchestra section into more of their songs and had a seven-member children’s choir. Carol Fuxa accompanied the group on piano and professional musicians from the Harris Academy of the Arts in Lincoln also made up the concert’s five-piece orchestra.

Tom McCracken and Viki McCracken, of Rising City, were two of the approximately 90 people in attendance. Tom said he enjoyed the show and added that it was well worth attending despite the adverse weather conditions.

“I thought it was great,” Tom McCracken said. “The snow outside was a great special effect.”

Viki said she enjoyed the length of this year’s show. The choir sang for about an hour, which Viki said was a better length than in past years.

“I enjoyed the length of it,” Viki McCracken said. “It was very enjoyable but it got a little bit too lengthy (in the past). So this is really just appropriate.”

Anna Nolan, of David City, is a member of the Butler County Arts Council board. She said she was happy with the concert and thought the group gave a wonderful performance.

“Mike has just done an awesome job with this,” Nolan said. “Felt very good about it.”

Nolan said the goal of the performance was to showcase the musical talent of the local residents within Butler County.

“We want to connect with the community and show them how much talent is within our own community,” Nolan said.

Eldridge said he plans to direct the choir next year, adding he hopes to have an even larger orchestra for its next holiday performance.

Eric Schucht is a reporter with The Banner Press. Reach him via email at eric.schucht@lee.net.

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