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College choir members team up with boys choristers for Christmas performance

November 30, 2018

In an expression of spreading holiday cheer, choir members of different generations are coming together to tell the Christmas story.

The fourth production of Christmas In the Woods Lessons and Carols is to be held at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at HopePointe Anglican Church along South Panther Creek Drive. This year, it’ll have a twist—Lone Star College chorale students will join the Woodlands Boys Choir.

The team may have come together last-minute, but it’s a collaboration nonetheless.

Woodlands Boys Choir director Sherryl Pond also teaches organ at the music department at Lone Star College. Just recently, Mark Marotto, LSC-Montgomery’s department chair of music, dance and drama was observing a lesson Pond was teaching.

The two instructors discovered that their separate choirs were practicing the same song and it seemed only natural to perform it together. So, for that song, Marotto’s 15 to 20 students will join the boys choir in leading the congregation in a Christmas lesson.

“Part of our mission at the music department (at LSC-Montgomery) is to reach out and be supportive of our community,” Marotto said. “It should be a beautiful event.”

Pond said all ages should enjoy the concert.

“The songs are paired with live tableaus lighted and behind a scrim, along with classical art representations of the five traditional Christmas lessons leading up to the birth of Christ,” Pond said.

This isn’t the first time the two groups have joined forces, though.

When Pond started the boys choir three years ago, Marotto invited them to perform in a joint Christmas concert at Lone Star College.

Now, the boys choir has both a training and a touring choir of boys from ages 6 to 13, and they’re even looking for more to join for the 2019 season.

At the event, Pond’s adult HopePoint choir and chamber orchestra with about 20 members will also perform a few songs. A planned encore is also included with what Pond calls “fun carols” and songs to encourage congregation participation.

After the musical performance, there is to be a different type of performance: a cookie-decorating session for kids and adults alike.

jane.stueckemann@chron.com

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