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Christmas at the Carillon concert returns to Victoria

By APRILL BRANDON
Nov. 24, 2010 at 5:24 a.m.

Grammy-nominated choral ensemble Conspirare will hold its annual Christmas at the Carillon concert on Dec. 2 in Victoria.

Double your Christmas fun The Victoria College Choir and the Victoria Civic Chorus will hold a Christmas concert as well on Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Victoria College Fine Arts Auditorium. Admission is free.

The choirs will sing Christmas favorites such as "White Christmas," "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," according to a news release. The audience is encouraged to join in as well on such favorites as "Frosty the Snowman" and "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer."

For more information about the Victoria Civic Chorus and the concert, go to www.facebook.com/victoriacivicchorus or contact Marylynn L. Fletcher at 361-572-6425 or via e-mail at marylynn.fletcher@victoriacollege.edu.

Christmas at the CarillonWhen: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2

Where: First United Methodist Church, 407 N. Bridge St.

Tickets: $40 for adults, $30 for senior citizens, $20 for students. Available by calling 361-570-5788 or 361-572-2787 or online at www.victoriabachfestival.org.

Just in time to kick off the holiday season, Grammy-nominated choral ensemble Conspirare will hold its annual holiday concert, Christmas at the Carillon, on Dec. 2 in Victoria.

The concert blends hymns, chants, carols and popular modern songs, mixing everything from Gregorian chants to Alicia Keys. It also invites audience participation in the singing, according to a news release.

"Over the years, our annual Christmas at the Carillon series has become a special tradition for many of us," Conspirare artistic director Craig Hella Johnson said in the news release. "Tradition generally means 'a handing down.' Our returning audience members play an important part in this handing down of song and spirit, and we invite first-time Conspirare listeners to become part of it, too."

This year, the guest artist at the concert will be Patrice Pike, 2007 Austin Music Awards Musician of the Year. Pike is the youngest person ever inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame and is the co-founder of The Grace Foundation of Texas, which provides health, wellness and education training for young adult survivors of childhood homelessness, according to the news release.

Conspirare is in its 19th performance season.

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