Chorus presents annual holiday show


Lindsay Martin

Its Ho-Ho-holiday time for Decatur Chorus!

Next Thursday, December 16th, the Decatur Chorus presents its annual holiday concert.

The show is chorus teacher Elise Eskew’s 5th.

“We’re preparing every day in class,” Eskew said. “In any given class period, we probably rehearse 8-10 songs. I like to keep class time moving quickly, so we’re able to learn lots of songs!”

The years theme is “Season and Times.”

“There’s another piece that the seniors are begging me to do,” Eskew said. “It’s a counter melody to ‘Silent Night’ called’Night of Silence’. This would probably be my favorite if we do.”

“I conceived the show to reflect important ‘seasons’ and ‘times’ in our lives,” Eskew said. “The season’s most quickly approaching are, of course, Hanukkah, Christmas, and a new year. But we’re also celebrating other special times, such as birthdays, weddings, funerals, and the dedication of new buildings.”

Senior Ashari Smith sees a difference between this and past holiday shows.

“It’s very different from the past shows,”  Smith said. “We would usually sing Christmas carols and famous holiday songs, but this time around we are singing more songs based around love and the importance of time with loved ones.”

The show will feature new music, dancing administrators and an appearance from Renfroe Middle School.

“We’re doing a festive South African piece called ‘Amavolovolo’,” Eskew said. “There is simple choreography that goes with each verse and refrain. When I was being observed one day, the admin told me how much she liked it, so I asked if she and Ms. Williams would like to join us performing it on the concert.”

With all the new additions, one will stay the same.

“For the past 5 years, we’ve always done ‘Carol of the Bells’, and you’ll hear that holiday favorite in this show too,” Eskew said.

Even with 5 years of experience, Eskew still is anxious with every holiday show.

“I don’t love holiday shows,”  she said. “They make me quite uneasy because I’m always afraid I’m going to offend someone. Decatur is diverse and we don’t all share the same traditions. I feel it is my duty to represent the whole of the choral music tradition, the majority of which evolved within the liturgical tradition of the church.”