The Trinidad Community Chorale performed a Christmas Pops concert for a packed house this past Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2, at the First United Methodist Church featuring holiday favorites from the silver screen and other well-known Christmas selections.

The Trinidad Handbell Choir and the Trinidad Chamber Singers and collaborations with local bass player “Randini” Welch, and local drummer Kirk Louden were featured during the concert.

Led by Trinidad Music Association Musical Director and Conductor Garrett Watson, the performance opened with a video collage created by Louden in which members of the community shared their favorite holiday movies.

“We wanted to include as much of the community in our concert as we could,” said Sharon Sorenson, president of Trinidad Music Association (TMA), “so the videos were a chance to give a voice to our community audience.”

A jazz trio made up of Louden, Welch, and chorale accompanist Addi Segers started the concert with the chorale singing Swingin’ at Santa’s Place, an exciting upbeat swing number that set the tone for an energetic performance with other pieces such as Christmas Time is Here from A Charlie Brown Christmas and Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas from Home Alone 2 ending the first half of the concert.    

After intermission, a second video opened the next half of the concert featuring community members sharing what makes Christmas special to them and their family while the Trinidad Chamber Singers sang Silent Night softly in the background. The concert then shifted to a more somber and reflective mood, still keeping the energy of the first half, with sacred pieces such as I Saw Three Ships and a solo by Soprano Natalie Galasso singing Ave Maria by Bach/Gounod.    

The concert ended with music from Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, which was fitting as the crowed exited to snow falling after Sunday’s performance.

Overall, attendees said the concert accomplished its goal of getting the audience into the Christmas spirit.

“I’m ready to finish decorating for Christmas after such a fun concert,” said concertgoer and Trinidad La Quinta owner Cy Michaels.

Several chorale members mentioned receiving great compliments on the concert. “My neighbor called me one morning and said this was by far our best production,” said Carol Vaner Wall, a soprano in the chorale. “She asked me to put $20 in the jar for our next concert because she had forgotten.”    

TMA President Sharon Sorenson accredits part of the organization’s success and growth to support from the community. “We’re grateful to have so many in the community purchase ads for our programs this year and received nearly $600 in donations from our concerts,” she said. “This helps us to purchase new music and needed materials for our different ensembles.”    

“As an organization,” Sorenson continued, “financial support also allows us to bring more opportunities for enjoying classical music and the arts to Trinidad. The organization and all its members are thankful for the generous support we have had and continue to have from our community. It really makes what we do feel worth the effort.”

For those that missed last weekend’s performances, the chorale still has several more. “We will be having our Lessons and Carols Service featuring the Trinidad Chamber Singers at Holy Trinity Catholic Church this Thursday at 6:30 p.m.,” Sorenson said. “The second annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Sing-a-long at SCRT is also coming up featuring the community chorale and SCRT’s Community Theater Saturday, December 15 at 6:30 p.m. Both events are free to the public.”    

For more information or to join their mailing list, email TMA at trinidad.music.association@gmail.com.

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