Posted at 2:20 p.m., Dec. 8, 2015

College Chorale to collaborate for annual Christmas concert

Traditions elicit in us a time when everyone can come together and enjoy the holidays. The Cheyenne Civic Center’s annual holiday concert will feature the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, Laramie County Community College’s own Collegiate Chorale and the talents of local singers, dancers.

Starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, “Home for the Holidays” will feature local soprano Sheila Green, dancers from the En Avant Dance Studio and six local choirs from LCCC, East, Central and South high schools; the Cheyenne Capital Chorale; and the Cheyenne All-City Children’s Choir.

But even with a wide range of talent, the concert has seen steady progress with its preparation.

“There’s always a balance issue we always need to work with,” said LCCC Chorale Music director Beth Kean, who says she isn’t worried about the symphony and the choir’s ability to work with one another.

“This is not our first run at this,” Kean said.

Green will perform traditional and pop Christmas music such as “Let it Go” from Disney’s “Frozen;” the En Avant dancers will perform Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker;” the LCCC Collegiate Chorale and East, Central and South high school choirs will perform “Candlelight Carol,” “Hiney Mah Tov,” “African Noel,” and what Kean says she is most excited for, the performance of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

The symphony and the choir are under the direction of Maestro William Intrilligator. Kean, who prepared the pieces, said she sees that combining the two is a good experience for students. Since they are under a different direction other than hers, she views the experience as a good opportunity for students to have insight into how a larger orchestra operates.

“To be working in those circumstances isn’t something they wouldn’t necessarily see,” she said. “If they were to go on performing, this would be a good opportunity to see and experience first-hand what it’s like to go through rehearsals with a professional organization.”
Other than an opportunity for its players and singers, Kean sees the program as a way for the audience to hear the holiday music they love while also taking advantage of new selections.

“It really showcases what our community can do,” she said.

An event for the community at large, “Home for the Holidays” especially allows students to relax and enjoy themselves the week before their finals and possibly start a new tradition of their own: Take time to create memories with family and friends before they ace finals and end the semester. But even if it is the only time they do so, it helps, as Kean said, put a little highlight in their week.

If you go:

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12

Where: Cheyenne Civic Center