St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano hosts the Plano Civic Chorus in its annual holiday event, Christmas! with the Plano Civic Chorus. Enjoy familiar favorites, uniquely presented, with new works by composer-in-residence, Debra Scroggins. The Plano Civic Chorus will be conducted by Ralph Frederick Stannard, featuring organist Dr. Jonathan Gregoire. Also appearing will be the Children’s Chorus of Collin County, directed by Janie Oliver; Imperial Brass, directed by Susan Frazier; and Cast of Bronze Handball Ensemble, directed by Chris Nabors.

Before, during, and after the concert, the ArtCentre of Plano will present Brushes & Strings: An Inspired Collaboration, a display of original works of art inspired by music and created by Plano-area artists. All artwork will be available for purchase.

Christmas! with the Plano Civic Chorus

Where: St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 5801 W. Plano Pkwy., Plano, Texas 75093

When: Saturday, December 5, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: General admission, $25; preferred seating, $35; students of all ages get in free. Groups of 10 or more are $20 per person. Preferred seating includes a private reception with composer-in-residence Debra Scroggins after the concert. Order tickets online or call 972.606.5220.

About the Plano Civic Chorus

The Plano Civic Chorus, Inc., chartered in 1972, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the choral arts in North Texas. The chorus is a member of Chorus America, and actively supports its goals of nationally promoting choral music.

The chorus celebrates over 40 years of great choral performances in the North Texas area. The chorus sings a broad repertoire that offers something for every taste. In recent seasons, the chorus has performed several important choral masterworks including Brahms’ Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Lobgesang, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and the Ninth Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach’s Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, Bloch’s Sacred Service, Mozart’s Requiem, Cherubini’s Requiem and Faure’s Requiem. Other concerts have included performances of favorite Broadway songs, great American classics, folksongs from the British Isles, music by Texas composers, and well-known opera choruses.

The chorus has participated in several prestigious events in its 41-year history. Among them was a March 1998 appearance at New York’s Carnegie Hall as part of the North Texas Festival Chorus in a special performance of Mozart’s Requiem and a concert for the Texas Choral Directors Association convention in San Antonio. In June 2006, the chorus was the featured chorus in the Hot Springs Music Festival’s 10th anniversary gala in Hot Springs, Arkansas performing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms. The chorus performs frequently for community events such as the annual tree lighting celebration for the City of Plano, the Galleria Christmas Extravaganza, and the Shops at Legacy Christmas Gala. The chorus has also performed for such civic events as the Collin County Peace Officers Memorial Service and INS Citizenship ceremonies

In June 2002 the chorus joined with the Sanctuary Choir of First Presbyterian Church in Richardson for a concert tour of the British Isles that involved performances in Coventry, Canterbury, Edinburgh, and Dublin, and was the featured international chorus for the Criccieth Choral Festival in Wales. In June 2005 the two groups joined forces for a second European tour that included performances in the Czech Republic, Austria and with the International Church Music Festival in Bern, Switzerland under the direction of the legendary Sir David Willcocks. In 2008 the chorus partnered with the Chancel Choir of St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano and the Sanctuary Choir of First Presbyterian Church to perform concerts in Notre Dame Cathedral and La Madeleine in Paris and in St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice. In June 2011 the chorus traveled to Germany and Italy performing concerts in Berlin, Wittenberg, Munich, and Florence.

Steve Beavers

Dallas native Steve Beavers wears a lot of hats (but not a cowboy hat, as you might expect of a guy who was born and raised in Texas) in his role at Plano Profile. Technically, he’s the Creative Director,...