Young voices bring gifts of cheer and joy

By on December 3, 2010

ELGIN—Come celebrate this holiday season with the Elgin Children’s Chorus at Christmastide Carols, the first concert of their 25th Anniversary Celebration. The performance takes place at 3 and 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Elgin Community College Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive in Elgin.

This concert features holiday favorites, three melodies arranged by founder and Music Director Jay Kellner, a raffle for the opportunity to conduct the chorus and an audience sing-along.

The Treble Choir, directed by Lisa Bettcher, will begin the program with a performance of “Minka,” a Russian Folk Song, arranged by Jill Ann Jones; “Velvet Shoes” by Randall Thompson and “Have a Merry One!” by Mary Lynn Lightfoot.

Under the direction of Elizabeth Ellis, Intermezzo Choir will perform “Ye Shall Have a Song” by Sally K. Albrecht; “The Snow Begins to Fall” by Andy Beck; “Do You Hear What I Hear” arranged by Audrey Snyder; “Bidi Bom” by David Eddleman and “It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas,” the holiday standard, performed with a little choreography, arranged by Mark Hayes.

Mr. Kellner will conduct the Chamber Choir as they perform “Three Noels” by Clare Grundman; “Three Christmas Chorales” from the “Christmas Oratorio” by Johann Sebastian Bach; “Le Sommeil de l’Enfant Jesus,” a traditional French Carol, arranged by Ron Jeffers and “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” a holiday favorite, arranged by Don Besig.

To purchase tickets visit or call the Elgin Community College Arts Center at (847) 622-0300. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for students. Special group rates are available.

The Elgin Children’s Chorus is an in-residence ensemble at the Elgin Community College Arts Center. The program is also supported in part by grants from the Grand Victoria Foundation, EFS Foundation and the Cornelia A. and Florence B. Palmer Foundation.