HeArt of the City this weekend

Published 6:13 pm Monday, December 9, 2013


The Beaufort County Choral Society performs twice a year: at Christmas and (pictured above) in the spring.

The Beaufort County Choral Society’s annual HeArt of the City Concert will be held Friday, at 7:30 p.m.

Monica Ferrari, head of public relations for BCCS, said the Beaufort County Choral Society is one of the oldest arts organizations in Beaufort County with the mission to provide quality music concerts, free of charge. The choir performs at Christmas and again in the spring.

The 38 voices of BCCS will fill the Washington Civic Center with holiday songs you may not be familiar with, like “Hope for Resolution” and “Calypso Christmas.”

“And for those on a tight schedule, we will include the unusual, ‘Christmas in Three Minutes,’” Ferrari said.

Ferrari, who also sings with BCCS, said the music for this Christmas concert has been a fun and challenging mix. One of the songs was written in South Africa.

“So, we’re doing a little Zulu,” Ferrari said. “It’s definitely not a sing-along.”

The concert will also feature a performance by River City Ringers.

“The music from their bells is just beautiful,” Ferrari said.

The choral society will present a second concert at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Bath Sunday at 3 p.m. It is best to come early. The chapel fills up quickly, warned Ferrari.

The choral society is open to anyone and does not require an audition. Rehearsals are once a week, with a long break after the spring concert.

“Helping to bring forth our very best, is our conductor and accompanist, a husband and wife team from Greenville, Thomas and Melissa Feller,” Ferrari said. “We are grateful for their dedication and determination to moving us forward with humor and patience.”

Tom, BCCS’s new conductor, has taught music education for 12 years. His wife holds a master’s degree from East Carolina University in piano accompaniment.

The choral society operates on donations and small membership fees. Members hold several Pizza Inn fundraisers throughout the year in order to cover the expenses and continue to offer the concert for free.

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