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Arts Council presents annual Christmas concert

Kaitlyn Jones, Mollie Grace Jones and Addie Paige Pratt are among the performers for the "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" Christmas show.

Staff photo by Jebb Johnston

By Jebb Johnston

Daily Corinthian

It's one of the most anticipated gifts of the year.

The Corinth Area Arts Council's annual presentation of its Christmas concert, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Coliseum Civic Center.

Cindy Mathis, who plans the show each year with Chad Dickerson, said the arts council has enjoyed presenting the first Christmas concert of the season for the past dozen years.

"It ushers Christmas into Corinth," she said. "This is a fundraiser for the historic Coliseum Theater, and its incredible acoustics and beautiful architecture and ambiance will give you hope, love, and a spring in your step for all that Christmas means as you enjoy this night of music."

It is a fundraiser to help with upkeep of the historic and beloved theater built by B.F. Liddon in 1924. Funds from past shows have helped with projects such as improved stage lighting and new carpet and furnishings in the inner lobby to keep the theater in top form for events such as weddings, receptions, recitals and meetings.

Dickerson encourages those who have not attended before to make it part of their Christmas tradition.

"Cindy has put together a great lineup of talent this year," he said. "You don't want to miss this show."

New performers in the lineup this year include Adam Harris, a Biggersville High School senior who will play guitar and sing; Hannah Johnson, a Northeast student and Corinth High School graduate; Tang Walker, a CHS senior; Mollie Grace Jones, a six-year-old who will sing while her sister, Kaitlyn, will perform the song in sign language; and Dave Cornelius, First United Methodist Church music minister, who will sing an original tune.

Also joining the show for the first time are the Harmonizers.

"They are a group of retired Corinth teachers who are local favorites around Corinth," said Mathis. "Their harmonies are beautiful."

Also making their debut are Selmer sisters Hope and Faith Collins, who will perform a piano duet of "Sleigh Ride."

Addie Paige Pratt returns to the lineup this year to open the show.

Choirs from CHS, CMS and Alcorn Central, as well as Lori Sisk's second-grade challenge class at CES, will perform. The First Baptist Church and First United Methodist Church handbell choirs will again bring their gentle melodies to the show.

Admission is $10 and free for those 12 and under.