So, exactly what do cowboy singing sensation Gene Autry and the Susanville Choral Society have in common? The Susanville Choral Society plans to perform Autry’s “Here Comes Santa Claus,” a number five country hit in 1947. Photo submitted

‘Winter Melodies’ come to town

The Susanville Choral Society performs its first concert of the season at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 in the Susanville United Methodist Church.

“We have put together an eclectic selection of music that we hope represents the last days of autumn, the approaching winter and a little bit of holiday cheer as well,” said Liudmila Mullin, the choral society’s conductor and artistic director. “We’ll have selections by Franz Schubert, Giovanni Pergolesi, Edward Elgar, and Gene Autry, to name just a few.”

According to Mullin, the singers have been rehearsing once a week since the end of August. “We meet most every Wednesday evening in the Lassen College music room,” said Deborah Abbott, one of the group’s soprano singers. “Outside of the regular rehearsals, we also try to get all the sopranos together for

a couple of sectional rehearsals, as do the other voice sections. By concert time, we’ll have invested quite a bit of time and energy bringing it all together.”

Mullin said two pianists help with rehearsals — Karen Sherve and Dennis Roberts — but come concert time, the choral society will bring in what she refers to as a pocket orchestra consisting of a violin, viola, cello and a string bass. She said the strings will be supported by a pianist as well.

“As with past performances, Friday’s show will be offered free to the community,” Mullin said. “Of course, we’re grateful for any donations patrons would like to give us to offset our production costs. In addition to donations received at concerts, we try to hold fundraising events at other times of the year. For example, back in September we were gifted a private soiree by Margaret Liddiard and Lassen Ale Works and received further support from Axia Home Loans, Grocery Outlet and Susanville Dental Care for the event. It was a huge help.”

Friday’s concert is expected to last about an hour. “We hope the entire community turns out for the show,” said Mullin.

For more information, call the Susanville Choral Society at 251-6738, or email or like them on their Facebook page.