Grace Kiser, 4, left, and her grandmother Sharon Land watch the Lexington Singers perform at the Christmas tree lighting at the courthouse plaza on Dec. 1. Copyrighted photo by Matt Goins for the Herald-Leader and Kentucky.com.
There aren't many times in the year you can flip on the TV and see what's happening with some local arts groups. But such was the case last night with WKYT's annual airing of the Kentucky Christmas Chorus, featuring the Lexington Philharmonic and the Lexington Philharmonic.
Christmas is one of those celebrations where are arts groups take center stage and prove they are more than up to the task. The Singers, for instance, perform at numerous events, including the city's Christmas Tree lighting at Victorian Square. Seasonal shows such as Nutcracker Ballet and Christmas plays attract audiences that don't darken theater doors other times of year.
And then there's a little TV thrown in. Last night's Christmas Chorus included an original tune by Lexington Singers assistant director Johnnie Dean and an O Holy Night from Everett and Alicia McCorvey that appeared to arouse a spontaneous standing O from the crowd at Rupp Arena. If you missed it, WKYT and WYMT will repeat the program at noon Christmas Day.
If you want to participate in or watch another Christmas choral event, the second annual Celebration of Song, presented by the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Victorian Square, Main Street and Broadway.
It will start with an outdoor celebration featuring the Victorian Square Drum and Bugle Corps and Holiday Brass Quintet in Triangle Park, along with the Lexington Singers Children's Choir and Holiday Singers. The event will repair inside for a performance of selections from Handel's Messiah by professional soloists and an orchestra, and a community sing-along of holiday favorites.
If you can't get there, the event will stream live at Celebration of Song website and will be shown at 5 p.m. Dec. 22 on KET1 and 8:30 a.m. Dec. 25 on KET2. The video stream will be available all month at the Web site, which has more info about the event.