New Christmas Gala adds touch of elegance to holiday season

At no other season of the year does music communicate with as much warmth, beauty and enchantment as during the holidays.
A new holiday event, the Christmas Gala, promises to add those qualities to your holiday season, as well as a touch of elegance.

The dinner theater-type event, which is black-tie optional, begins with a cash-bar reception at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7, in the Holiday Inn Ballroom. A traditional holiday dinner and the musical program begin at 7:30 p.m.

Performers include the 50 singers of the TTU Concert Choir, the TTU Chorale, and Brass Arts Quintet. Participants will be treated to acts by the three ensembles, as well as solo and small group performances. Musicians and singers are rehearsing a combination of holiday music, from popular secular songs to classical pieces. Audience members will be invited to sing along during the carols.

Tickets are limited and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Individual tickets are $40, and reservations should be made by calling David Rhyne at 931-372-3650 or Candace Osteen at 931-372-3161 no later than Tuesday, Dec. 2.

A discounted rate of $320 for a table of eight is also available for groups or companies who might want to incorporate the event into holiday party plans. A vegetarian dinner option is available; please indicate your preference when you call for reservations. Proceeds benefit Tennessee Tech’s choral program.

CUTLINE: Warming Up for a Holiday Performance — Tennessee Tech University’s Concert Choir recently began rehearsing for the upcoming Christmas Gala, a new event created to bring elegant music into the holiday celebrations of the Upper Cumberland. Almost 100 musicians will perform for the gala and audience members will be invited to sing carols during the evening. For more information, call 931-372-3650.

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