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From bagpipes to bongos

Right: Kevin Brode of Landrum will be featured on the bagpipes in the Community Chorus Christmas concert Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. in the Polk County High School auditorium. (photo submitted by Lee Lindsay)

Community Chorus concert Dec. 11
The sounds of the nationally recognized City of Greenville Pipes and Drums will fill the Polk County High School auditorium during the Community Chorus Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. Wearing colorful Scottish costumes, the group will present “Highland Cathedral” and “Scotland the Brave.”
In another Celtic seasonal selection, Landrum resident Kevin Brode and his Great Highlands bagpipe will be a featured soloist. The Scottish carol “Welcome the Star” combines the full chorus, piano and bagpipe. Brode has more than a decade of pipe training and has entertained on numerous occasions locally.
The chorus will also present a Calypso carol with help from Cindy Gilbert on percussion, a German rendering of  “Stille Nacht” and the familiar Ukrainian “Carol of the Bells.”
“‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime,” based on a Huron carol and arranged by chorus director Mark Schweizer, will feature Bob Child on Native American flutes. Child has appeared on many stages in the community with his teachings on the making and playing of Native American wooden flutes.
The audience will also get to participate by singing along on familiar carols.
The chorus consists of about 100 volunteer singers from all walks of life, all musical levels of experience and all ages. Long-time accompanist Pam McNeil plays piano for the group, and numerous other musicians will join in on individual selections in the concert.
Proceeds from the concert benefit Rotary scholarships. Tickets are available from Rotary members or at the door.