Date(s) - 12/12/2015
Union Congregational Church
The human voice is an instrument with the power to uplift, calm, soothe, excite and move us in a very visceral way. When you gather together many voices, singing different parts arranged in a piece of music, that impact is amplified and taken to another level. The women in Mountain Melody will move you with the beauty of their voices, their “special blend” of harmony and their soulful sound.
Director Julia Shelby is the guiding hand behind Mountain Melody, after forming the chorus in 2005, with a small group of friends who enjoyed singing together.
The chorus has grown in size, and with the addition of Marge Biagi-Castro on piano, the music has become even more sophisticated.
All the individual voices work diligently to produce the richly resonant and harmonic tones, highlighting the versatility of the ensemble. With their diverse musical backgrounds, each singer adds a special flavor to the music. The selection of songs spans many genres, including popular songs, Broadway melodies, classical, jazz, and folk songs.
This is a special season for Mountain Melody, as it is the culmination of our
ten year anniversary, and also a time for coming together and celebrating our
community of singers, with four of our members losing their homes in the
devastating Butte Fire in September.
As these members look forward to rebuilding their homes and lives, all of us can find “comfort and joy” in the beautiful music in this holiday program.
The rich tradition of sacred choral music is represented in the mysterious and reverent a capella “Hymn to theTheotokos,” the rousing carol “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” and a medley of much loved Christmas tunes in “Carols Three.”
More crowd pleasers include “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas,” and the lovely “Beautiful December.”