The Twin Rivers choir performs. (John K. White/Castlegar News)

The Twin Rivers choir performs. (John K. White/Castlegar News)

Twin Rivers Choir aims to bring joy with Christmas concert

‘The intent behind the concert is to provide some joy of the season and peace and comfort’

This year’s Twin River Community Choir Christmas Concert hopes to inspire a little holiday cheer.

Concertgoers will have two chances to attend on Friday, Dec. 8 or Saturday, Dec. 9. Both shows start at 7:30 p.m. at the Castle Theatre and choir director Christina Nolan says that the idea behind the concert this year is to bring some joy and lightheartedness to the season.

“Our climate these days seems to be quite depressing, for lack of a better word, so the intent behind the concert is to provide some joy of the season and peace and comfort to the people in Castlegar,” she says.

Nolan says there will be a lot of songs that people will know and that the shows include audience participation.

“But we also have a variety of music. We have some Broadway selections, some classical pieces, some world music [songs], one of which we performed at the Remembrance Day ceremony in Castlegar at the cenotaph,” she says.

The event is also a fundraiser for the Castlegar Community Harvest Food Bank and food bank donations will be accepted at the door. There will also be a 50/50 draw to raise money for the food bank.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for children and students. They are available in advance from Mountain High Lighting and Castlegar Realty.

Any leftover tickets will be available at the door, but Nolan warns that they have sold out in the last few years.

“So we can’t guarantee the tickets will be at the door,” she said.

High demand led the Twin Rivers Choir to move their concert to the Castle Theatre and then to add a second night, and eventually, there may be a third.

“We’re now at a point where we’re anticipating a third, but haven’t quite got there yet,” says Nolan.

Door open at 6:45 p.m. and she also encourages people to come early.

“Come early because there’s general seating,” says Nolan. “If you need to get a lot of seats together, it’s best to get there earlier.”

The event includes a wine bar, which will be open so people can enjoy a drink while they wait for the show to start.