HOPE, AR – The Hope Area Community Chorus invites the public to a free evening of Christmas music Saturday evening at First Presbyterian Church in Hope.

Chorus Director Wes Reed said, “Last year, our first community chorus effort was a Service of Lessons and Carols. This year the program is composed of both secular and religious music. There will be opportunity for the audience to sing along with some of the carols and old favorites.”

The Chorus, made up of singers from Hope, Washington, Texarkana and Dallas, will be joined by seven music majors from Henderson State University. First Presbyterian Pastor Kathleen Hignight said, “We have included students to help them have firsthand experience of singing with a group of mixed abilities. We want to give them the opportunity to experience a group of multi-generational singers which they don’t have while singing with a college choir.”

The Concert will also give the public an opportunity to experience the church’s new Magnus organ, which will be played to accompany the chorus. According to Reed, the virtual organ, which was installed in late November, is the next generation of organs and can replicate the sound of many well-known organs. Reed, who custom designed the organ, said, “It is phenomenal what it can do and how it duplicates a pipe organ.”

The concert starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 16 and is free to the public. First Presbyterian Church is located at 701 S. Main St. in Hope, AR.

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