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Harvest Valley Church hosting A Christmas to Remember Dec. 16

December 15, 2018

SCOTTSBLUFF — The Valley Voices Children’s Choir and The Sugar Valley Singers will perform A Christmas to Remember at the Harvest Valley Church in Scottsbluff on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 4 p.m.

The two choruses will come together for an evening of holiday entertainment. There is no admission charge for the event, but a free will offering is accepted. The money donated during the event will be divided between the two ensembles along with a donation to Harvest Valley Church.

Director Dan Clark said The Sugar Valley Singers rehearse at Harvest Valley Church and decided to organize a Sunday Christmas show. They reached out to other local vocal ensembles and the Valley Voices Children’s Choir expressed interest in the event.

“We’re going to do our usual Christmas stuff,” said Clark. “This will be fun for us because we haven’t got to perform with these kids before.”

The Sugar Valley Singers is a chapter chorus of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America, which was chartered on Sept. 15, 1975. Currently, the group is comprised of singers from the Scottsbluff and Gering area as well as Goshen County.

Valley Voices Children’s Choir has 45 singers, with children in grades three through eight. The non-audition choir is open to any child in the Panhandle and currently has children from Gering, Scottsbluff, Mitchell, Bayard, and Minatare.

The children’s choir will perform first, followed by The Sugar Valley Singers and then singing of popular Christmas carols.

“If everything goes according to plan, we will invite the audience to sing along with us at the end,” said Clark.

Children’s choir director Deanna Goranson said the children will perform five Christmas or winter-themed songs, including a Nigerian Christmas carol and “Once Upon a December” from the Disney movie Anastasia.

“We began rehearsing in mid-September,” said Goranson. “This will be our second performance of the year and since they got all of the jitters out, it should be a great performance for them.”

Goranson will also direct the ensembles during the Christmas caroling with the audience.

“I do a lot of music in the community and children’s choir is always my favorite activity throughout the week,” she said. “Kids come because they want to sing and be a part of the choir.”

The doors will open at 3:40 p.m. at Harvest Valley Church, located at 743 Winter Creek Drive in Scottsbluff.

lauren.brant@starherald.com

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