BRAWLEY – Denny Lang, conductor for the Imperial Valley Master Chorale, and his team put together a delightful Christmas musical evening Saturday night at the First Presbyterian Church in Brawley.
The musical choices, both sacred and secular, soon had the audience ensconced in the Christmas spirit.
Dr. Hope Davis, on organ, set the mood with her medley of Christmas Carols.
Lang showcased local talent with tenor, Aaron Estrada singing O Holy Night, Leif Burns, baritone, with Jesu Bambino, George Scott, baritone, soloing with Mary Go Tell it, and Susan Hawk, soprano, telling us to Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.
Helen Hinckle of Holtville said of Hawk, “She’s my favorite.”
Joel Jacklich and his Imperial Valley String Quartet enchanted with Jacklich’s arrangement of A Christmas Festival.
The Pastor of the El Cento Methodist Church, Ron Griffen, teamed with Tama Lang Rodriquez, and Ben Brock on the Celtic traditional song, A Soalin’.
Ben Brock and Bill Gay, president of the IV Choral society delighted the room with ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.
George Scott, Imperial High School choral director, brought his IHS Chamber Singers. The teens impressed with their decorum and talent as they sang in parts, and harmony three pieces, Never-Ending Peace, Born A Stranger, and Fum, Fum, Fum Fantasy.
Even the audience was given a chance to participate in the musical evening with sing-a-longs featuring Deck the Halls, Angels We Have Heard on High, and the perennial favorite, Jingle Bells.
Soprano Ruth Smith ended the IV Master Chorale music singing the Latin Pie Jesu with Luke Hamby accompanying her on his violin.
George Scott brought out his high school Chamber Singers for the finale sung with the IV Master Chorale.
The talented vocalists surrounded the pews as the lights dimmed, and they brought out candles and serenaded everyone with a medley of Peace, Peace/Silent Night .
The concert was also held at the First United Methodist Church Sunday in El Centro.