Colorado Springs Children's Chorale presents 'Summit by Candlelight'

By Jen Mulson Updated: December 12, 2013 at 9:33 am • Published: December 12, 2013 | 9:25 am 0

"Summit by Candlelight," with the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale, 7 p.m. Saturday, Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave., $10, $5 students; 633-3562, kidssing.org.

While some folks are out scrambling for holiday gifts, a group of 40 high school kids is busy making music.

The Summit Ensemble, one of the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale's by-audition-only choirs, is composed of kids in grades 9-12 from all over the Pikes Peak region. Their "Summit by Candlelight" show will feature holiday music and other works they've performed in the community over the past few months, including pieces by composer Eric Whitacre.

"There's some classical stuff, spirituals and some folk music," says Marcia Hendricks, executive director of the CSCC. "It's a fun kaleidoscope of songs."

This year's show is the last for 17-year old Anna Pepper. She's a senior at St. Mary's High School, and has sung with the chorale for a decade.

"It'll be a little bit of a sad experience," she says. "It's a time where Summit can get together and show off all the stuff they've been working on through the semester. It's kind of like a family thing."

Every "Summit by Candlelight" show ends the same way - with chorale alumni returning to help sing the group's theme song, "Dream a Dream," and venturing out into the audience.

"You get to literally reach out and touch people and let them experience the music with you," Pepper says. "The first time, I was so nervous. I was in second or third grade and so nervous, but the crowd just let me express myself and that was a big step for me. ... I've done it hundreds of times now. It's been so good for me."

Jennifer Mulson, jen.mulson@gazette.com, 636-0270.

 

OTHER EVENTS

Old North End Holiday Home Tour - 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, tour starts at Colorado College's Stewart House, 1228 Wood Ave., $25-$30; 471-6916, csholidayhometour.com.

Tunjung Sari Balinese music and dance - By Colorado College Music Department, 3 p.m. Sunday, Packard Hall, Colorado College, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., free; 389-6607, colorado college.edu.

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