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Downtown Lions Club Christmas concert is Dec. 5

Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 3:21 pm

12-2-15 Christmas ConcertTULLAHOMA, Tenn. — For the seventh year, the Tullahoma Downtown Lions Club invites the community to ring in the holiday season with a musical celebration presented by the Tullahoma Civic Choir.

Again under the direction of retired music teacher Ann Baldwin, the choir will present a variety of songs both sacred and secular at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5 at Grace Baptist Church.

Opening with Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and closing with Let There Be Peace on Earth, the 77-voice choir will perform a program entitled “Celebrate Jesus — The Prince of Peace,” which includes selections from previous years as well as new additions. One such addition is a brass arrangement of Go Tell it On the Mountain.

Pianist Vickie Collingsworth returns this year to provide accompaniment and will be joined for the performance by instrumentalists Amy Stephens, horn; Kyle Copeland, percussion; Charlie Vining, bass; John Cook, guitar; and Todd Nichols, flute.

Three trumpet players — Dr. David Bethea, Doug Clark and Aaron Eades — also join the ensemble this year to perform Leroy Anderson’s Bugler’s Holiday.

Soloists include Chris and Sandra Gregory, Todd Nichols, Adam Womack, Jennie Kuebits, Phillip Moody, Erica Petersen, Stephanie Fraley, Jacqueline Zebick, Hayley Crawford and guest soloist Sernobia McGee.

“This is a great program,” said Baldwin. “There’s something for everyone and should help start the Christmas season on an exciting and joyous note.”

Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and visitors are advised to arrive early, as seating in the sanctuary is limited.

Admission to the concert is free, but donations are encouraged.

The concert is part of the Lion’s Club budget, but with the aid of donations it often becomes a self-sustaining operation, freeing the Lion’s Club monies to support a number of local non-profit organizations. Though Lions Clubs are best known for fighting blindness, the Tullahoma club also supports organizations such as Horse Play, Inc., Partners for Healing, 5Loaves4Kids and Toys for Tots.

The Downtown Lions Club meets weekly at noon on Wednesdays at Damron’s Restaurant. Anyone interested in joining the club is welcome to attend a weekly meeting.

The club and members of the choir are “all very grateful” to the members of Grace Baptist Church for allowing the use of their facility for rehearsals and the public performance, said club chair Marilyn Morris.

“We hope that everyone will come out and enjoy the program,” said club president Billy Allen. “We’ve had a very good response the last few years we’ve done it.”

Donations of non-perishable food items for Grace Baptist Church’s Attic Outlet will also be accepted on the night of the concert.

The church is located at 1901 Ovoca Rd.

 —By KELLY LAPCZYNSKI, Tullahoma News Staff Writer