A 1940’s song familiar with this season begins with “I’ll be home for Christmas.” Those words have added meaning this year as COVID-19 has radically altered our lives. Music organizations from all over the state teamed up to present “Georgia’s Home for the Holidays,” a 31-day series of fun, festive music videos.
“City Lights” host Lois Reitzes spoke with the directors from three of those groups: Jim Verrecchia, the executive director of the Atlanta Master Chorale; Timothy Verville, the music director and conductor of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra; and Cammie Stephens, executive director of The Michael O’Neal Singers.
Verville believes that this partnership between 32 different chorale and chamber organizations helps the music community tremendously during these difficult times.
“It accomplishes multiple goals in terms of fulfilling community needs and desires for music, fulfilling missions for these organizations, and getting the word out about some of these groups,” Verville said. “Because we have so many, you might not know about each of them and what their individual mission is or how they interact with their community or what types of music they perform.”
Verrecchia agreed saying, “I think it will be great for our future work together as we help promote each other and primarily help promote the beauty of chorale music.”
Stephens believes that incorporating live streaming and digital performances will probably become a part of their annual season for the foreseeable future.
“I don’t know that we’ll ever not offer some way of virtual chorale education or singing in our future because the singers that we’ve engaged with online has become a community onto itself,” Stephens said.
To view the daily videos, you can sign up here to have them sent to your email inbox every morning through Dec. 31. You can also view them on their Youtube channel or Facebook page.
Nov. 27 · Atlanta Women’s Chorus, Sleigh Ride
Nov. 28 · Morehouse College Glee Club, De Mornin’ Come
Nov. 29 · Atlanta Master Chorale, O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Nov. 30 · Kinnara, Bogoroditse Devo
Dec. 1 · GSO Chorus & GSO Jazz!, Glory to God in the Highest
Dec. 2. · Atlanta Young Singers, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
Dec. 3. · Atlanta Chamber Players, Holiday Medley
Dec. 4 · Big Chicken Chorus, Happy Holidays
Dec. 5 · Cherokee Chorale, Deck the Halls
Dec. 6 · New South Festival Singers, Our Father
Dec. 7 · Song of Atlanta, Sing We Noel
Dec. 8 · Atlanta Music Project, Ave Maria
Dec. 9 · Atlanta Vocal Project, My Night at the Nutcracker
Dec. 10 · Atlanta Young Singers, Boruch Ate
Dec. 11 · Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Hanukkah Suite for String Quartet
Dec. 12 · Lanier Chamber Singers, Glow
Dec. 13 · Greater Atlanta Girls’ Choir, Gaudete
Dec. 14 · Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus, I am a Carpenter (Joseph’s Story)
Dec. 15 · Choral Guild of Atlanta, The Christmas Waltz
Dec. 16 · Trey Clegg Singers, Three Jazzy Bell Carols
Dec. 17 · Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Holiday Percussion Medley
Dec. 18 · The Michael O’Neal Singers, Festival Gloria
Dec. 19 · Masterworks Chorale, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Dec. 20 · Georgia Boy Choir, The First Noel
Dec. 21 · Johns Creek Chorale, See Amid the Winter’s Snow
Dec. 22 · Alpharetta Community Chorus, Wonderful Peace
Dec. 23 · The Michael O’Neal Singers, I Wish You Christmas
Dec. 24 . Uzee Brown Society of Choraliers, Mary Had A Baby
Dec. 24 · Atlanta Master Chorale, O Holy Night
Dec. 25 · Spivey Hall Children’s Choir, Il est né le divin enfant
Dec. 25 · Our Song, There’s Still My Joy
Dec. 26 · Trey Clegg Singers, What Child is This
Dec. 27 · Georgia Spiritual Ensemble, Rockin’ Jerusalem
Dec. 28 · Southern Crescent Chorale, Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
Dec. 29 · Festival Singers of Atlanta, A Star
Dec. 30 · Coro Vocati, Three Kings
Dec. 31 · Georgia Symphony Orchestra Quartet, Auld Lang Syne