Choirs ring in holiday cheer |

Choirs ring in holiday cheer

It was a weekend of hymns and harmony as choirs around town made their best efforts to submerge people in the holiday spirit.

Sopranos, altos and tenors from the Tahoe Choir and the Lake Tahoe Community College Chorus treated the audience to a mix of classical and pop music Saturday and Sunday in the college theater.

Though they’ve practiced together for months to prepare for the winter show, some of the voices in the choir have been harmonizing together for years, even decades.

The Tahoe Choir has been bringing its sounds to the South Shore for almost 30 years, making it one of the oldest continuous choirs in California, according to choir director Linda Mitchell.

“We’ve had great support from the community,” she said.

Mitchell said the choir joined forces with the community college three years ago in a comfortable partnership.

According to Dr. Guy Lease, LTCC president, the Tahoe Choir added a new performing arts course on the class schedule. And Mitchell said the college has given the choir a place to practice and perform.

“We tend not to use microphones and the intimate setting at the college theater really works well,” she said. “Acoustically, it’s wonderful.”

Even with Tahoe’s transient nature, Mitchell said she’s been able to fill the stage with at least 35 singers each year.

“People love to sing and music does so much for people on an emotional and physical level,” she said. “You work very hard and are breathing deeply – it’s almost like therapy. People don’t realize how deeply the arts affect them.”

Also stretching their vocal chords this weekend were three choirs from the Lake Tahoe Unified School District.

More than 200 students from the district’s elementary and middle schools performed classic winter songs Friday and Saturday at Caesars Tahoe.

Accompanying the school choirs in the Winter Extravaganza were the South Tahoe Vikings Dancers and Sarosik Dancers.

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