Ely Times staff writer
The White Pine Community Choir filled the Centennial Fine Arts Center with songs of the season Sunday night. The choir’s performance, titled “A Son! A Savior!” consisted of hymns and narration to remind the audience of the true meaning of Christmas.
Dressed in red robes, the 17-member choir harmonized songs including “Season of the Heart,” “How Like a Lamb” and “Let There Be Praise.”
Choir Director Minnis Alderman said that despite the songs religious messages, Christmas really has something to offer people of any faith.
“It is the whole idea of giving, enjoying the season, thinking of each other and doing for each other,” Alderman said.
Alderman has been with the choir from the start, 51 years ago. She said the harmonies of the songs were “very difficult” and that she was pleased with the way the choir sounded, but the melodies were not the most difficult thing many members of the choir faced this year.
Several members of the choir faced serious medical issues, another was involved in a car accident and others had to deal with the loss of loved ones. Alderman said the point of the Christmas performance was to “lift the spirit and lift the heart” of those needing some cheer. Part of that included getting the audience involved.
Members of the community packed the building, and joined in on the singing on Christmas favorites like “Jingle Bells” and “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire.”
Ken Mangun and his wife called the choir’s performance “awesome” and enjoyed seeing so many people participate in song.
“I think this was a great way to bring the community together,” Mangun said.
Rose Melhaff joined the choir nine months ago to learn how to sing. After practicing once a week and every night the week before the performance, she was able to stand up for a duet for “Silent Night.” She was gracious to see she wasn’t the only one sharing her voice in song for the holiday.
“I love that we have a community to sing-a-long with us,” Melhaff said. “It is such a sweet way to celebrate Christmas.”