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South Hills Chorale will offer 'Hi-Ho the Holiday' concerts


November 28, 2017

The South Hills Chorale will perform its holiday concert program, “Hi-Ho the Holly,” on Friday, Dec. 15 and Saturday, Dec. 16 at Westminster Church on Washington Road in Upper St. Clair. Performances start at 7:30 p.m.

Among many selections, the Chorale will present the traditional “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” moving into an energetic arrangement of “Here We Come A-Caroling,” John Rutter’s “Angels’ Carol,” and the Mel Torme standard “The Christmas Song,” (otherwise known as “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”). Also on the program are the narrative “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” the Nigerian carol “Betelehemu,” the yearning “Behold the Star,” and the traditional carol that gives the concert its name, “Hi-Ho the Holly,” arranged by Beth Calkins-Hoekje.

The Chorale will also offer selections that offer a new twist to known holiday tunes, including a stunning arrangement of “Silent Night” by Mack Wilberg, an expressive “Joy to the Word,” and a song written to evoke the sound of bells from the singers, “Christmas Bell Roundelay.” Other numbers that round out the program include a joyful piece sung partly in Latin, a pair of songs celebrating Hanukkah, and a song that plays with the many ways to use the “Fa la la” syllables musically.

The Chorale — under the direction of Phillip R. Aley and assistant director Skylar Bunk — is comprised of more than 80 members from communities all over the Pittsburgh area. As an all-volunteer, non-profit organization of auditioned singers who delight in bringing music to others, the Chorale’s members represent a wide variety of backgrounds and walks of life.

Tickets for the holiday concert are $20 and are available by advance sale through Chorale members or at the door. Tickets may also be purchased by calling Pat Moraytis at 412-221-9109 or emailing

The South Hills Chorale has been entertaining audiences throughout Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania for 57 years. In addition to their regular concerts in the spring and during the holiday season, they also perform private concerts for conventions, and for community and social groups. In keeping with its community mission, many performances are given at facilities serving the elderly and medically challenged.

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