■ By Staff Reports / The Valley Chronicle
She may be petite, but first grader Lucy McLaughlin captivated the audience at the “Sounds of the Season” Christmas concert performed by The Harmoneers Chorale on Dec. 10 at the First Presbyterian Church in Hemet, when she sang the opening solo in “All is Well.”
A large and appreciative audience heard 90 minutes of excellent Christmas music, directed by Mary Ellen Van Ostenbridge and accompanied at the piano by Charity Putnam, with Mary Ellen’s husband, Ron, providing full orchestration of several numbers by his computer wizardry. The first half of the program included “Gettin’ in the Mood for Christmas,” “Grandma’s Killer Fruitcake,” “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas,” “White Christmas,” and many others.
Of particular delight to the audience was the participatory rendition of “Twelve Days of Christmas.” People with January birthdays stood and sang the first day, “a partridge in a pear tree,” February birthdays stood and sang, “two turtle doves,” etc. The second half of the program featured religious favorites such as “Amen! Tell It on a Mountain,” “Baroque Christmas Festival” and “Holy Night, Silent Night,” concluding with a fully orchestrated “Hark, The Herald Angels Sing!”
The Harmoneers Chorale have brought high quality choral music to the Hemet area for 40 years, and they are always looking for new talent to add to their roster of voices. In addition, they annually award scholarships to graduating seniors who plan to pursue vocal music as a career. For more information, check out their Facebook page at “Harmoneers Chorale,” or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.