Few traditions in the Ozarks are as enduring as the annual Ozarks Chorale holiday concert. For almost 25 years, the Chorale has been delighting its audiences with exciting performances that never fail to engage, surprise, and inspire. Beth Withey, in her eighth season as artistic director and conductor, will be directing the Chorale in a thoughtfully assembled program of music that celebrates the many aspects of the holiday season. Traditional compositions of familiar tunes are interwoven with songs from classic choral literature, celebratory songs from other cultures, lovely folk tunes, lively spirituals, and the music of new composers, including the Chorale’s gifted accompanist Ellen F. Stephenson. You and your family will want to sing along with many of the familiar holiday selections, and you will be delighted by less familar songs that are new and fresh in their celebration of this “most wonderful time of the year.” We often end this performance with Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah, and all members of the audience are encouraged to stand and join in singing this intricately composed song of praise.
The concert is held at the auditorium (“The Aud”) on Main Street, in Eureka Springs. The Aud is an incredible venue built in the 1800s, with amazing acoustics and one of the finest concert grand pianos in the area. Open seating ensures that your party will be able to sit together, and the intimate space ensures that you will feel that the Chorale is singing just for you. Proceeds go to support the Ozarks Chorale and its activities. Tickets are $10 for adults. We encourage children and student to attend with their families at no cost. Tickets may be purchased at the door the night of the event, or from any Chorale member.
The Ozarks Chorale holiday concert is a must see – as well as a family tradition for many who live in Northwest Arkansas. Since children and students attend for free, it is an affordable way to spend an amazing evening of music as we celebrate together. Mark your calendars for this exciting event, and plan to join us as we sing in the spirit of the holidays.