Saturday, November 29, 2008

Busy Week Coming Up!

Starting Sunday the chorus which I direct, the 49ers, starts rehearsals, then performances of our Annual Christmas Show. The tickets are free and you can just show up any night, we have plenty of seats still available. Think about spending Christmas with the 49ers, it is a great way to start the Christmas Season.

Here is a little bit about the first half of the show:

I am excited about this year's first half music! When I heard West Chester University’s Concert Choir perform Deck the Halls in 7/8 twenty-nine years ago, I knew I must conduct it one day. It turned out that my wife, Leah, was a member of that year’s WCU Concert Choir. Chalk it all up to fate! Continuing in the tradition of performing from Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, the chorus will present two beautiful songs from his cantata: That Yonge Child and Balulalow, featuring the Forty Niners women. Randall Thompson’s Alleluia is a transcendent a cappella piece, which leaves the listener holding his breath. For fun and frolic, I’ve included two P.D.Q. Bach Christmas tunes, guaranteed to tickle the funny bone: Throw the Yule Log on Uncle John and Good King Kong Looked Down. Rounding out the first half, the chorus will present Variations on Jingle Bells, a rousing piece that will keep the audience humming and tapping a beat all the way home! -Greg Givler, Director

Here is more about the show, itself:

Second Half

Your Friendly 49 Air Flight Crew

Imagine being grounded in an Alaskan commuter airport on Christmas Eve! This is what the passengers of international airline 49 Air face this year as they hope to make it home in time for Christmas. Not to worry though, they find plenty of ways to pass the time. Through song and dance, these weary travelers share their own unique ways of celebrating Christmas Everywhere. But, no one is quite prepared for the exciting surprise that comes their way!

-Martha Kline
2008 Christmas
Show Chair/Director

Here is our latest press release.

Since mid‐September, The Forty Niners Chorus has been rehearsing for its annual
Christmas Show to be held nightly, December 3rd through December 6th at 7:30PM and Sunday, December 7th at 2:00PM at the Henderson High School Auditorium in West Chester. Entitled Christmas Everywhere, this year’s show features a mix of classical, standard and contemporary holiday tunes performed in two parts: A traditional choral performance followed by an original musical theater performance.

The Forty Niners Chorus Christmas Show is a family‐friendly holiday tradition. Tickets are free and may be ordered through the chorus’s website at or by sending a self‐addressed stamped envelope to:

Forty Niners Chorus‐Tickets
PO Box 402
West Chester, PA 19381‐0402

The Forty Niners Chorus is an all‐volunteer community group made up of approximately 50 men and women from Chester County and surrounding areas. In existence since 1952, their performances raise money every year to provide cash awards for three local high school graduates planning to major in music in college. Its mission is to keep community music alive by encouraging young musicians to develop their talents and give back to their communities through groups like The Forty Niners Chorus.

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