Ben Salem to host Christmas concert
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Ben Salem Hand Bell Choir will offer their annual free Christmas concert this Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Members of the choir include, front row from left: Barbara Snowberger, LaVaun Shanton, Kelsey McElvar, Marlene Reiner and Cathy Smith. Second row: Julie Diehl, Evalynn Kuehner, Kira Kuehner and Susan McElvar. Back row: Denise Gerber, Melissa Kistler, Kimberly Lusch, Dorothy Eberts and director Shirley Kline. Not shown is choir member Carly Smith.
The Ben Salem UCC Hand Bell Choir in Lehighton will offer its annual Christmas concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The concert will include joint performances by the hand bell choir and Ben Salem's contemporary worship team, Daybreak.
There is no charge to attend the concert, nor will there be a freewill offering.
"We are blessed at this church to have an enormous amount of musical talent. We want to share it with our friends and neighbors throughout the community," said hand bell choir director Shirley Kline.
"We want to invite people to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at Ben Salem."
The choir has traditionally invited a vocal group to accompany the hand bells for their concerts. This is the second year that Daybreak has been asked to take part in the Christmas concert.
The two choirs will perform together for five songs this year; Daybreak will also perform several pieces on their own.
"Daybreak plays an outstanding version of 'I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,' with the bell choir adding just a few chords to really drive home the point of the song," said Kline. "It's a good combination of instrumental and vocal performances, traditional and contemporary. This will be a really special concert."
The concert will include traditional Christmas songs like "The Little Drummer Boy," "Hark the Herald Angels Sing," and "Do You Hear What I Hear?" and more contemporary pieces like "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," "Parade of the Tin Soldiers," "Santa Baby," and "Blue Christmas."
This year's concert will also include props, a nativity set, and a visit by St. Nicholas during the performance of "Jolly Old St. Nicholas."
Refreshments will follow the concert.
In case of inclement weather on Sunday, any announcements will be posted on the church's website at www.bensalemucc.com.
Ben Salem UCC is located at 1965 Church Hill Road in Lehighton.