"For Unto Us....the Music of Christmas" will be presented by the Sine Nomine Choral Society of Central Oklahoma, Shawnee's community choir, and the Shawnee High School choirs in a joint concert on Monday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the SHS Performing Arts Center.
"We're pretty excited about this first-ever collaboration with another choir for one of our concerts," said Herb Moring, Sine Nomine director. "Each choir will sing six or seven Christmas numbers, and then both choirs will join together to present three choruses from Handel's "Messiah." The three are "For Unto Us a Child Is Born," "And the Glory of the Lord," and the "Hallelujah" chorus.
"The SHS choirs have about 127 singers, and Sine Nomine has 37, so 164 musicians singing choruses from "Messiah" is going to be a glorious experience," he added.
Justin Lee is director of the SHS choral music program. However, due to surgery scheduled Dec. 3, his wife Melissa, vocal music director at Shawnee Middle School, will direct the high school choirs.
Moring, a long-time music educator and church musician in the Shawnee area, now retired, is in his fifth year as director of Sine Nomine. The group is accompanied by Dr. Carol Ann Bell, retired professor of piano in the music department at OBU.
Admission to the concert is free, but donations will be accepted at the door.