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Rainier Youth Choirs' Home for the Holidays Concert is Dec. 14

RYC performed John Rutter’s Mass of the Children with Rainier Chorale in 2012. - Courtesy photo
RYC performed John Rutter’s Mass of the Children with Rainier Chorale in 2012.
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Join Rainier Youth Choirs' for its Home for the Holidays concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 19800 108th Ave. SE, Kent.

Guest artist Margaret Shelton, principal harpist for the Olympia Symphony Orchestra, accompanies the young RYC singers for a magical performance, including selections from Benjamin Britten's beloved "Ceremony of Carols", marking the 100th anniversary of his birth.

"The artistry of the singers in all groups is quite remarkable, and the variety of programming offers something for everyone," said Leora Schwitters, RYC artistic director and founder. "A popular RYC tradition is an audience sing-a-long of several familiar carols with Janice Moen on the organ. First Evangelical Presbyterian church is a beautiful venue, which offers great views and acoustics for the entire audience."

RYC alumni also will be invited to the stage to sing some holiday favorites.

Once again, RYC is holding a food drive for the Kent Food Bank in conjunction with the concert. For each nonperishable food item concert attendees donate, they will receive a raffle ticket for a door prize.

A "cookie mingle" follows the concert.

Concert tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors/students if purchased advance (available online at www.RainierYouthChoirs.org) or $15/$12 at the door. Tickets are available at the door starting at 2:15 p.m. Doors open at 2:45 p.m. with festival seating and season ticket holders have preferred seating.

Singers in grades 4-14, who wish to join RYC in January, can schedule a private, informal audition through Dec. 19 by contacting RYC at 253-347-0180 or ryc@rainierchoralarts.org.

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