BCCS concert set for Dec. 2

Published 12:04 am Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Beaufort County Choral Society perform at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Bath. (Contributed Photo)

The Beaufort County Choral Society will present its annual HeArt of the City Concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 2.

The group’s 37 voices will fill the Turnage Theater with holiday songs ranging from Vivaldi’s “Gloria” to the popular sing-a-long “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” Tickets are free and required to secure a seat for this concert.

The Beaufort County Choral Society is one of the oldest arts organizations in Beaufort County. It has the mission to provide free, quality music concerts to the community and visitors. Currently, it performs Christmas concerts in Washington and Bath, as well as a popular spring concert. Striving to provide a fun and uplifting experience, it encourages community groups such as the River City Ringers to join in the concerts.

Rehearsals are once a week, with a long break after the spring concert until start-up in September. Leading the ensemble is a new conductor from Greenville, Thomas Feller, and his accompanist, wife Melissa Feller.

Tom Feller has 12 years in music education in schools and conducting a Greenville church choir. Melissa Feller has a master’s degree in piano accompaniment from East Carolina University and extensive experience in musical productions.

The choral society operates on donations and small membership fees. It requires the support of the community to pay for venue rental, music, advertising materials and salaries.

BCCS is a nonprofit organization under the Beaufort County Arts Council, which provides administrative and some financial support. All donations are tax-deductible and may be written to BCCS or BCAC, with “choral society” written in the memo line. Every donation will receive a receipt for tax deduction and is gratefully appreciated.