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Arts council planning Christmas concert
by Jebb Johnston
Nov 23, 2013 | 10 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jerry Pham (from left), Christian Leppan, Olivia Edmonson and Ja’myiah McGee practice singing “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” at Corinth Elementary School Friday morning. Along with the rest of the class, they will participate in the Dec. 3 Christmas concert at the Corinth Coliseum Civic Center. / Staff photo by Jebb Johnston
Jerry Pham (from left), Christian Leppan, Olivia Edmonson and Ja’myiah McGee practice singing “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” at Corinth Elementary School Friday morning. Along with the rest of the class, they will participate in the Dec. 3 Christmas concert at the Corinth Coliseum Civic Center. / Staff photo by Jebb Johnston
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It’s not too early for a jolt of Christmas cheer.

The Corinth Area Arts Council is planning the seventh annual installment of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” a community Christmas concert set for 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Corinth Coliseum Civic Center.

The event, which serves as a fundraiser for upkeep of the historic building, has enjoyed big crowds.

“The community looks forward to this event every year,” said Arts Council President Cindy Mathis. “Families take this evening to come enjoy the beginning of the Christmas season together.”

The show features a mix of traditional and contemporary numbers. This year’s program will also include a comedic piece on Christmas by Scott and Jackie Huskey.

Several new performers join the lineup, including soloists Beth Mitchell, Brenda Barber and Anna Kate McEllhiney.

“It is exciting to discover and feature new talent for this show,” said Mathis.

Groups of all ages are involved, including an adult community ensemble, the men’s quartet from First Baptist Church, the girls’ and mixed choirs of Corinth Middle School, the Music Makers of Alcorn Central Elementary School and the Corinth Elementary School second-grade challenge class.

The CES challenge class students spent some time Friday morning rehearsing their rendition of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” for the show. The challenge class has participated for about the last five years.

“We are not a music class — we are an academic class — but we enjoy doing music sometimes,” said teacher Ann Woodhouse.

The handbell choirs of First United Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church will participate, and the Turning Point Dance Academy and Contemporary Arts Center dancers will bring some motion to the stage. Director Volante Jones will perform a solo.

Proceeds from the show have helped with projects such as improvements to the seating in the 1924 theater building. Current needs include some plaster repair and painting, said Mathis.

Admission is $10 at the door and free for children under 12.
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