The LanChester Chorus, made up of singers living within Lancaster and Chester counties, is making its holiday tour through the area.The next concert is scheduled for the Harrison House in Christiana on Monday, Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. A concert for the community will be held at the Christiana Fire Hall on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m.
The group will also sing at the Presbyterian Retirement Community in Quarryville on Dec. 23 and at the Manor Presbyterian Church in Cochranville Dec. 28.
All are welcome to attend these shows, for which there is no charge. It is a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit and spend some time with family and friends. The concerts are enjoyable for all ages.
The LanChester Chorus is currently in its 59th year of existence. The chorus is currently comprised of 26 mixed voices. Ellen Erb is the single remaining member from the original group.
Though they perform varied programs along the east coast throughout the year, the local holiday tour includes religious and secular music accompanied by a pianist, while the members of the Chorus are dressed in their formal best.
For many years the group has presented Christmas concerts at Long-wood Gardens and the Brandywine River Museum.
The Chorus also sang in the East Room of the White House during five Christmas seasons. Their most recent appearance at the White House was for their Candlelight Tour held on Jan. 4, 2000.
In December 2004, the Lan-Chester Choir was invited to sing at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the State Capitol in Harrisburg and at the Open House at the Governor's mansion the same year.
The Chorus was also invited to sing for the Pennsylvania Kiwanis District Convention held in Philadelphia and appeared at two Kiwanis International Conventions held in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C.
The group made four appearances at Citizens Bank Park during the 2006 Philadelphia Phillies season to perform the National Anthem on the field. They have also sung the National Anthem at Clipper Stadium in Lancaster for a Barnstormers baseball game.
Summer engagements have included evening concerts at Convention Hall in Cape May, New Jersey, and for many years, LanChester Choir presented Saturday evening concerts at the Music Pier in Ocean City, New Jersey.
Upon the recommendation of Ann Stock, a former social secretary at the White House, the Chorus was invited to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. during Thanksgiving weekend in 1999.
The Director of the Chorus is Kimberly Kusnersyk and Laurie Swarr is the accompanist.