Choral groups perform Winter Light Concert Series

The holiday season is finally upon us, bringing a sense of unity and togetherness plus extra community events to remind us of the Christmas spirit. The Noteables, an all-women community chorus performing in the valley since 1988, along with their male counterpart, You’ve Got Male, will present their Winter Light Concert Series Dec. 8, 9 and 10 in Salida and Buena Vista.

With around 50 performers, these local choruses are known for putting on humorous, theatrical concerts that give audiences a memorable holiday experience. For this year’s Winter Light Concert Series, spectators can expect The Noteables to provide uplifting and inspirational pieces like “A Welch Noel,” a joyful Celtic melody encouraging all to rejoice, and “Evening Star,” a song of light and hope that fills the heart with the joy of Christmas. You’ve Got Male will kick it up with the lively gospel song “Good News” and bring out fun costumes and props for their rendition of “One of Those Southern Winters.”

The celebration of the season continues when the two choruses join together to sing jubilant numbers such as “Sing Gloria” and a comedic, rhythmic number, “Twelve Days of a Regifted Christmas.” There is something for everyone at this year’s concert series. Oso Blanco will accompany on drums, and featured guest musician Bruce Warren will play “Silent NIght” and “Angels We Have Heard On High” on his hammered dulcimer. All of the performers have dedicated hours of hard work to present a high-quality performance that will leave the audience filled with holiday spirit.

The current director is Linda Taylor, who has directed the groups for nine years and comes from an illustrious music background. Taylor has a personal mission to use music as a way to achieve inspiration for all who are a part of the performances while keeping it entertaining and lighthearted to create a sense of caring and connection to each other and to the composition.

“Over the years, one of the big themes is using music as a tool to bring hope and empowerment to the singers and the audiences,” she said.

“As we live in this difficult time where the world is so wounded, we have a real obligation to use music as a way to shift that energy and bring healing and love and peace to the planet. If I can succeed to even touch on that through the selection of music and the connection to that music, to me that’s a successful concert.”

The concert series kicks off on Friday, Dec. 8, in Buena Vista at Clearview Community Church at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, the choruses will perform at The First Presbyterian Church in Salida at 7:30 p.m., and the event closes on Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Salida SteamPlant Event Center at 3 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $10 to enjoy each of these performances. The money is used to help with publicity expenses, purchasing music and a scholarship program.

“We sing familiar selections but always with a different arrangement, hoping to expose people to new ways of hearing the old music. It’s a really fun program, and I am a very animated director, so it makes for a real entertaining show. If you want to be put in the Christmas spirit, you have to come to one of these,” said Taylor.