Internationally known vocalist Melva Houston will be the guest at this year’s VOCE Christmas concert, organizer Mark Gillespie said recently.
The concert is set for 7 p.m., tonight at First Baptist Church.
For this year’s event, VOCE, Surry County’s premier choral ensemble, will be presenting “Holiday Favorites: Yours, Mine and Ours!”
This year will also feature a new face in front of the ensemble.
Patti Miller Fulk will be making her debut as the choir’s artistic director. Fulk studied under the late Sandy Beam throughout her school years, and holds a degree in music education from Mars Hill College.
In addition, there will be a new accompanist for the choir this year, Gillespie said.
Will Green, a sophomore at East Wilkes High School, will be playing accompanying piano for the performance.
Gillespie said the annual holiday concert is a performance eagerly awaited by the community.
“VOCE traditionally has performed mostly classical, sacred and Broadway-style music,” he said. “Even though we will continue to include select works from each genre, we are also including more familiar pieces in order to entertain a larger audience. There will be something for everyone to enjoy.”
Tickets for tonight’s performance are $10, and can be purchased at the door.
A reception will follow the concert in the church’s fellowship hall.
VOCE is a community vocal group established in 2002 by the late Sandy Beam.
“It was his dream to provide Surry County’s most talented musicians with a platform to showcase their talents and perform some of the world’s finest and most popular music,” Gillespie said.
The non-profit organization depends on the community for financial support, and anyone interested can contact Gillespie at 336-789-2035 or via email at email@example.com. Contributions can also be sent to VOCE, 523 Broad Street, Apt. E, Mount Airy, N.C., 27030.
Reach Keith Strange at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-1929.