Church to host Christmas concerts

SUWANEE -- This annual concert has become such a popular holiday tradition that another date has been added this year.

The Sugar Hill LDS Choir of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints invites past, present and future guests to enjoy an evening of holiday music and usher in the Christmas season with its fifth annual community Christmas concert, this year titled "Come to the Manger."

"These days, to be able to go to a free, live concert makes it a nice tradition for families to have in this economic situation, even more so this year, I think," said Cindi Pickett, president of the choir. "Families who are on a tight budget who are looking for something to do to kick off the holiday season, this concert will do that."

"An important purpose of the concert is to give families in our community a chance to experience live music," said Pamela Gates, director of the choir. "There is something exciting about seeing and hearing a live concert up close and in person."

The 65-voice choir will be the joined by the Gainesville First United Methodist Church Adult Ringers under the direction of Keith Jefcoat. The 13-member group will perform solo selections and accompany the choir.

"(Guests) can expect traditional music -- 'O Come, All Ye Faithful,' 'Hark, the Herald Angels Sing' and 'Silent Night' -- as well as some musical selections they've never heard of that I think will become holiday favorites," said Pickett, who sings soprano. "It just makes it for a nice variety of songs for the evening."

Performances will be given at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 4833 Suwanee Dam Road in Suwanee. For more information, call 404-375-7882 or visit www.sugarhillldschoir.org.