Choral Society to present ‘The Light of Christmas’ concert series


Photo courtesy Richard Bolland
From September to December, weekly rehearsals are held in preparation for the Dec. 6, 7 and 8 free community Christmas concerts that serve as an annual highlight of Christmas in Pagosa Springs. Dan Burch, music director at Pagosa Springs High School, works with this year’s choir members to prepare for the concert series.

By Richard Bolland
Special to The PREVIEW
A free community Christmas concert series will be presented by the Pagosa Springs Choral Society on Dec. 6, 7 and 8 at the Pagosa Springs High School auditorium.
Once each year, a group of about 60-70 of your fellow Pagosans begin rehearsals in September to prepare for the annual Christmas concerts. This year’s presentation will feature both seasonal and sacred music to mark the holiday. Selections such as “Kay Thompson’s Jingle Bells,” “Love’s Pure Light, Silent Night” and “Child of Light” will give emphasis to the theme of the concerts, “The Light of Christmas.”
Pagosa Springs High School Music Director Dan Burch will direct the choir while Venita Burch will provide her expertise on the piano to accompany the choir. A select jazz ensemble will provide a light-hearted addition of two selections to the program.
While there is no admission charge for the concerts, each year a free-will offering is taken to provide music scholarships for students at Pagosa Springs High School who will be majoring in music in their college years.
The Dec. 6 and 7 concerts will begin at 7 p.m., while the Dec. 8 concert will be performed on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m.