MESSAGE FROM THE MUSIC DIRECTOR CONCERNING RE-SCHEDULED HANDEL’S MESSIAH CONCERT
Greetings to all the wonderful friends, supporters and family of singers that is the Crystal Coast Choral Society. Like you and the rest of the world we have been struggling with an appropriate response to the continuing Corona virus pandemic. All of us are in uncharted territory. We’re trying to sight-read an unfamiliar score written in an unfamiliar language. Some things will become clear as time goes on, and some are clear now.
We’ve cancelled all rehearsals effective immediately. The April 26th concert date is also cancelled. However, the good news is that the performance of the complete Handel’s Messiah has been re-scheduled to 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 22nd, 2020. The location will still be the Earl Taylor Performing Arts Center, White Oak High School, Jacksonville. Having the concert the weekend before Thanksgiving will be a wonderful way for all of us to open the holiday season and we do hope you will be able to join us.
We’ll start rehearsals on the first Tuesday after Labor Day, September 8th, 2020, 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Swansboro United Methodist Church. We’ll be welcoming all the folks who had been preparing for the April 26th concert. We also extend a cordial invitation to any new singers who would like to be a part of what promises to be a spectacular performance of Handel’s immortal Messiah.
Thank you for your patience, understanding and continuing support of the Crystal Coast Choral Society. Have a safe and healthy summer and join us November 22nd.
Dates have been set for Fall 2020 Concerts:
Saturday, December 12, Dress rehearsal (TIME TBD) and 7:30 Concert, Swansboro United Methodist Church
Sunday, December 13, 3:00 Concert, All Saints Anglican Church, Newport
Ice Cream Social, February 11 from 5:45pm - 6:45 pm in the Swansboro UMC Fellowship Hall. Ice Cream and Toppings Bar will be provided. Bring a sweet or savory snack to share. ALL singers welcome!
Silent Auction at the Cape Carteret Aquatic and Wellness Center - March 21-30 - Too Hot to Handel!
Donate new or like-new collectibles, artwork, furniture, gift certificates, gift baskets, services, antiques, etc. Collection begins March 3, 2020.
This is our major Spring Season fundraiser. Please participate. Call Judy Fitzpatrick at 910-467-2436 for donation/pick up details.
Pancake Breakfast at Hwy 55: March 21, 2020
Tickets available now on the website and at rehearsals. Only $5.00!
Eat well, socialize before our first Saturday rehearsal, March 21.
Choral Society T-shirt orders coming on January14.
February 11 - Ice Cream Social, 6PM, before Rehearsal
2020 Silent Auction - March 21-30 at the Cape Carteret Aquatic and Wellness Center. Details to be shared soon!
Fundraiser Pancake Breakfasts - March 21 & April 18, Hwy 55, Swansboro - More information coming soon!
The Choral Society had two fantastic concerts on the weekend of December 14-15. The Crystal Coast Choral Society had an exciting program of music planned for the 2019 Christmas season. We featured great arrangements of old favorites like Angels We Have Heard on High and O Come, Emmanuel as well as newer music by John Rutter and Elaine Hagenberg. Our special guest artist was the wonderful Ginger Garner. Ginger recently moved to Greensboro with her family but is very well known here in Eastern North Carolina. Ginger treated us to an amazing rendition of "Mary, Did You Know?". And, of course, we invited the audience to join us on the traditional Silent Night.
Thank you to members, Lynn Rouse, Frances Sutton and others who recently reorganized and purged our extensive library of sheet music.
December 1 message from President, Judy Fitzpatrick
Holiday Greetings to All!
Thank you for your enthusiastic support of the CCCS by participating in the annual Emerald Isle Christmas Tree lighting on Saturday, November 30.
A special shout out of appreciation to Mary Helen Casey, who led our group in the half hour Medley of familiar, favorite Christmas Carols.
The Parade was an impressive, eclectic mix of floats and boats, music, dancing, band, and even snow! It was a very fun event, and I hope that we'll be invited next year.
Sharing music with the community in any form fulfills our mission and raises awareness of our presence in the musical community.
We appreciate Jim Norman for coordinating the event, and for making sure we had enough music sheets.
Thank you, Don Wells, for the invitation and for the donation. We look forward to you joining us next season for the Messiah!