Sun Lakes Chorale

Yvonne Orlich

Let us have music for Christmas …

Sound the trumpet of joy and rebirth;

Let each of us try, with a song in our hearts, to bring peace to men on earth. —Mildred Jarrell

Well, it’s been a long time coming, but it has arrived—the Sun Lakes Chorale Holiday Concert. With great excitement and anticipation, we were ready to do our part to “… try, with a song in our hearts, to bring peace to men on earth.”

On Thursday, Dec. 9, the Chorale presented its annual concert. It is difficult to imagine who might have been more excited about this long-awaited night—the Chorale or the audience. We all suffered through the singing drought of 2020, and we were so relieved when the decision was made to once again safely gather and present our Holiday Concert.

As in past years, the Chorale prepared some wonderful carols for your holiday enjoyment. Some of the carols were easily recognizable, while others are known only to some. The familiar “Silver Bells” was performed, but in a slightly different way than the version most would recognize. The slightly jazzy “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” was such fun to sing, while the reverent “Birthday of a King,” sung by the women only, reminded us of the reason for the holiday—the birth of Jesus. The men were happy to perform “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” and several of the gents donned Santa hats to lighten the mood even more.

The singers, directors, conductors, and accompanists all sincerely hope that our songs have lived up to the quote. It was both exhilarating and sad. Exhilarating to be back and sad that it is already over.

Through our songs, we sound the “trumpet of joy” and hope that we touched each of you in some way. It is our hope that we see you all again in March for our Spring Concert.

We wish you all a safer, healthier New Year in 2022.