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Chorale, CAPA reuniting for Christmas program

In an unprecedented display of unity, the Chilton Civic Chorale and Pops will be joined by the Central Alabama Performing Arts (CAPA) in producing a Christmas celebration for the community to enjoy. After almost five years of performing separately, the two groups will come together to present Carols 2008: Sweet Sixteen, marking the Chorale’s 16th annual Christmas show.

Together, the group will include approximately 40 voices singing both sacred and classic secular songs of the season. The Chilton Pops will also perform several holiday classics. “Swing Station,” a jazz combo with roots in the Chorale and Pops, will play some familiar holiday tunes, and the CAPA Kids will entertain with songs and handbells.

Greg Daniels, CAPA president, said, “We are excited to be performing as one group . It’s wonderful when God brings things together.”

Bal Dumpere, who, with his wife, Linda, started the Chorale in 1993, praised the on-stage reunion as “a unique musical merger to help the community celebrate Christmas.”

“We hope the community will come and celebrate this occasion with us,” said Marsha Littleton, past-president of the Chorale. “The music will be good, there will be laughter and fun for the entire family, and it’s a great way to begin the round of Christmas musical programs throughout the county and beyond.”

Carols 2008: Sweet Sixteen will be presented Dec. 5 and 6 at 7 p.m. in the Helen E. Parrish Activity Center of Clanton First United Methodist Church. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at Whistle Stop Coffee and News, Forrest Veterinary Clinic and O.P. Klinner Furniture Co., all in Clanton, or from any member of CAPA, the Chorale or Pops.