Children’s Chorale scores big with ‘Favorites’ program

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By Sara Miller

Every December, members of the Evergreen Children’s Chorale gather at Center/Stage to present a show filled with holiday cheer. Each performance ends with ECC alumni joining the Chorale for the annual alumni number, “A Simple Song of Peace.” In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the ECC has reached out to its alumni to not only perform the final number this year, but to help create the show.
“A ‘Score’ of Favorites” was born and will feature the most treasured songs from past ECC seasons, which are sure to delight audiences of all ages.

“This is a very special year for everyone who has been involved with ECC,” says director Elaine Sohrweid. “Reaching out to former members and staff has given us many magical memories, and we want to bring that magic alive for our audiences”
Many of the songs on the program are holiday favorites, such as “The First Noel,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Silent Night.” The audience will also enjoy memorable classics from past ECC seasons, including “Wind Beneath My Wings,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business” and “Rhythm of Life.”
Samantha Cox, who is in her final year of ECC, is especially excited to perform “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” with her fellow graduating eighth-graders.
“Special friendships describe so much of what ECC is about,” says Cox.
Faith Lierheimer, now a senior at Evergreen High School, voted to include the song “Going Up Yonder” in the show.
“We sang the song when we toured Vienna and Prague with the Children’s Chorale,” says Lierheimer. “We got to sing it in Karlskirche, a prominent Vienna cathedral. Singing a song with so much history in a building with so much history and weight was an overwhelming, humbling experience for me.”
Eighth-grader Rebekah Nestingen will perform in her final holiday show as an ECC member. She’s excited to stand next to her sister Kahri, an ECC alum, during the final number, “Simple Song of Peace.” The Nestingen family has been part of the Children’s Chorale for eight years.
Still others have been involved with the Children’s Chorale since its inception in 1991. “A ‘Score’ of Favorites” is packed with the songs chosen by these dedicated performers. The show will be not only a fun-filled holiday celebration, but also a testament to the longstanding enthusiasm and talent of the Evergreen Children’s Chorale.

Sara Miller, a freelance writer and a resident of Evergreen, lives with her husband, two children and a dog.