The 85-voice Morris Choral Society kicks off its Concert Season with the tenth Holiday Spectacular at the Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum on Friday, December 13 with a second performance on Sunday, December 15. Under the direction of Wayne Walters, the chorus will perform “Christmas: Broadway to Hollywood,” featuring show-stoppers and holiday favorites from Broadway Musicals and Movies.
Guest artists for the popular program include The Christmas Singers, best known for their regular appearances at Morristown’s Music at Noon concert series. The Christmas Singers are led by Parsippany resident June Van Thoen and include Wayne Walters also of Parsippany, Patricia Ruggles of Florham Park and Robert Long of Madison.
Express Male, a sextet of tenors, baritones and basses drawn from the chorus, will offer their own selection of stage and screen holiday numbers and will join the ensemble for a rousing rendition of Fredrick Silver’s The Twelve Days After Christmas. The members of the group are John Collins of Raritan, Bud Leppard of Morristown, Chip Wood of Basking Ridge, Wayne Walters of Parsippany, Rob Walters of Long Valley and Nicholas Schumacher of Randolph. Convent Station’s Ken Rapp will be the piano accompanist.
“The chorus looks forward to this annual holiday celebration,” said Mr. Walters. “In addition to traditional tunes such as Jingle Bell Rock and It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, we will perform Professor Peter Schickle’s composition O Little Town of Hackensack and other lighthearted fare. We also will invite the audience to join in the much-loved sing-along.”
The Morris Choral Society has been a mainstay in North Jersey for more than 40 years and has performed alongside many famous musicians including jazz legend Dave Brubeck and beloved singer Judy Collins. The award-winning chorus has been recognized by Morris Arts as an Outstanding Arts Organization and founder and music director Wayne Walters has received the prestigious Outstanding Professional in the Arts Award. In addition to performing for enthusiastic audiences in New Jersey, the chorus has toured England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France, Italy, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.
These performances have been made possible in part by Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Secretary of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Holiday Spectacular will take place at the Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Place in Morristown on Friday, December 13 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 15 at 3:00 p.m.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for children under 18. Tickets are available at the Bickford Theatre box office, 973-971-3706. For more information, call 973-998-7239 or visit www.morrischoralsociety.org.