Adirondack Community Chorus performs ‘Hope!’ concert Dec. 17


The Adirondack Community Chorus (ACC) will present a Christmas concert, entitled “Hope!”, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17, at Forest Presbyterian Church in Lyons Falls.

The concert will be directed by Peg Nuspliger and accompanied on the piano by Sylvia Fici.

The gospel cantata “Hope!” by Joel Raney will be the centerpiece of the performance. According to the publisher, coincidentally called The Hope Publishing Company, “[t]he Christmas story unfolds through six compelling choral settings… Scripture readings guide us to the manger and reflect on the promise of hope we find in Christ’s birth”.

Narration for the cantata will be provided by the Reverend Linda Logan, of Trinity Episcopal Church in Boonville, and the Reverend Daniel Richter, of the Boonville United Methodist Church.

Other selections to be performed include “Gospel Magnificat”, “Jesus, Oh What a Wonderful Child”, “Bright Star Shining”, “For unto Us a Child Is Born”, by Handel”, and “Silent Night, Holy Night”. A highlight will be the gospel classic “Hallelujah from Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration”.

Featured soloists will be Todd Galarneau, Margaret Haenlin, Claire Haile, Terry Marcy, Jason Matteson, and John de Roos.

Additionally, Claire Haile and Amy Simanowski have been working with the students in the Adirondack Youth Choir on a very special version of “Go Tell It on the Mountain”. Michael Ferris will join the students as a soloist. 

The ACC will perform the “Hallelujah from Handel’s Messiah” again with the Adirondack Central School (ACS) high school chorus at their Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 20, in the ACS high school auditorium in Boonville.   

There is no charge for either of these performances. Free-will donations will be accepted and encouraged for the ACC’s performance on Dec. 17. They are now officially a non-profit 501(3)(c) organization, and any gifts made to them are eligible for income tax deductions.  

The ACC would like to acknowledge the Pratt Northam Foundation for their donation to the chorus earlier this year to help with the purchase of video equipment and new sheet music. This gift to the ACC, along with a gift to the Boonville Village Band, was made in honor of retiring board members JoAnn Ventura and Sally Jackson. These two women have given a combined 38 years of service to the Pratt Northam Foundation.  

“It has become a practice for the Foundation to honor retiring board members by making a gift to the community or organization that they have been involved in,” says Karen Peterson, executive director of the Foundation. “Board President Randy Schell decided that gifts to the ACC and the Boonville Village Band would be very appropriate ways to publicly thank JoAnn and Sally for all of their time and commitment to both the Pratt Northam Board and the Boonville community.”


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