Choral society presents Christmas concert

Published 12:18 am Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Members of the Beaufort County Choral Society perform Saturday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Bath. (Contributed Photo)

The Beaufort County Choral Society presented its 2011 Christmas concert to a full house at Saint Thomas Episcopal Church in Bath Saturday. Thirty-eight singers, under the direction of Thomas R. Feller Jr. of Greenville and supported by accompanist Melissa Feller, performed 10 numbers. Melissa Feller also presented a piano medley, and she and Thomas Feller performed a duet.

Presentations at the Bath concert included “Glory to God,” selections from Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” “Creation Will Be At Peace,” “Infant Holy,” “An Irving Berlin Christmas,” “The 12 Days after Christmas” and “This Christmastide (Jessye’s Carol).” The audience was also invited to  join in singing the processional, “Joy to the World,” as well as “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and “Silent Night.” The group received a standing ovation at the conclusion of the concert.

The society had previously participated in the HeArt of the City holiday concert at the Turnage Theater on Dec. 2. It is sponsored in part by a grant from the N.C. Arts Council and receives administrative support from the Beaufort County Arts Council. The Beaufort County Choral Society depends on member dues and public contributions for its ongoing programs. Membership is open to any member of the public with a talent for singing and an interest in performing as part of a group. Rehearsals are at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Grace Martin Harwell Senior Center, adjacent to the Washington Civic Center. Two concerts are presented annually, in spring and Christmas. The concerts are free.