December 15: Upscale Singers present “Songs of the Season”
The Upscale Singers present their once-a-year Christmas concert “Songs of the Season” Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church. The concert also features the Upscale Kids and the Upscale Scholars who won this fall’s vocal scholarship audition.
“One of my favorite holiday treats!”
“We look forward to this every year!”
These are just some of the comments about past performances made by the crowd that gathers for this annual event.
This year’s “Songs of the Season” begins with light-hearted favorites, and then moves into choral arrangements of best-loved carols. The culmination of the concert features the Upscale Kids singing the round “Dona Nobis Pacem.” Next, the adults join in with the carol “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” based on the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Then in despair I bowed my head:
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong, and it mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”
Longfellow resolves his gloom as he hears the pealing of the Christmas bells. The choral arrangement by David Hamilton ends with the children and the adults once again singing quietly, prayerfully, “Dona Nobis Pacem.”
Fervent as that prayer is, it’s no way to end a concert – and so the choir bursts joyfully into “African Noel” as they bid everyone to “Go Tell It on the Mountain” followed, of course, with cheer as they wish everyone a Merry Christmas.
The concert will be held at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, where the setting sun over the boulders behind the sanctuary is as special as the music. Mark this date on your calendars early, for it’s an evening not to be missed.