Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 • Choral Society presents a number of classics in holiday concert

The Susanville Choral Society’s Eager for Christmas production at the Susanville Methodist Church Sunday, Nov. 24, kicked the holiday season into high gear.

The society, supported by a small pocket orchestra, entertained the crowd with an hour-long presentation that was “zany, dramatic, sacred, happy, sad (and) funny,” according to the program.

Susanville Choral Society conductor Liudmila Mullin leads the audience in a rousing version of “We Believe,” with lyrics written by her husband, Matt Mullin, during the society’s Eager for Christmas program held Sunday, Nov. 24, at the Susanville Methodist Church.

Orchestra members included Benjamin Benson, flute; Eric Toews, clarinet; Heather Blevins, soprano saxophone; Tiffany Russell, cello; Dick Bendix, percussion; and Karen Sherve, piano and organ. Rehearsal accompanists were Sherve and Gabor Szovati. The conductor was Liudmila Mullin.

Singers included (sopranos) Deborah Abbott, Kris Szovati, Linda Braun, Madison Cole, Kerry Davis, Danette Gentry, Grace Gentry and Sarah Kettler, (altos) Shirley Bowden, Elizabeth Elam, Carol Eshe, Laurel Salvatore and Mary Beth Laraway Conlee, (tenors) Mark Duggan, Don Lepley and John Leicester, (bass) Marshall Leve, Doug Peters and Matt Mullin.

The program opened with Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” followed by music from the Russian Orthodox Church by Pavel Chesnokov, with Conlee as a soloist. The society then presented “Tu scendi dale stele,” an Italian Christmas Carol written by Alphonsus Maria de Liguori in 1732, “O Little One Sweet,” a Lutheran Chorale written by J.S. Bach, “L’adieu des bergers,” written by Hector Berlioz in 1850, “Panis Angelicus, written by Cesar Franck in 1872, “We Believe,” with lyrics by Matt Mullin, “O Tannenbaum,” written by Ernst Anschutz in 1824, and “Still Nacht,” written by Franz Zaver Gruber in 1818.