Encore Creativity for Older Adults, the nation's largest choral organization for adults over 55, is pleased to announce its free holiday concert series that kicks off December 3rd and runs through December 17th, 2022. Encore’s local choral ensembles – Encore Chorales, Encore ROCKS and Sentimental Journey Singers - will perform crowd-pleasing holiday songs with live musical accompaniment in a variety of venues in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., New York City and its two newest locations in Wilmington, Del. and Santa Clarita, Calif. For a detailed schedule and tickets, visit Upcoming Events › Performances (encorecreativity.org/events/category/performances)*
These dynamic performances, led by celebrated conductors, promise to set the holiday spirit in motion. From seasonal classics, such as the Hallelujah Chorus (from Messiah), Ose Shalom and Silent Night sung by Encore Chorales to choral medleys of the Beach Boys and Neil Diamond sung by Encore ROCKS, the concerts will appeal to music lovers of all ages. Sentimental Journey Singers, Encore’s choir for adults with early Alzheimer’s and other memory impairments and their care partners, will also perform, singing all-time favorites, such as Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.
In addition, after a two-year break due to the pandemic, Encore will return to the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for its popular annual holiday concert in Concert Hall on December 26th. The event, which is also free and open to the public, will feature more than 400 singers who will join together from Encore’s many local programs.
“Our concerts are highly anticipated events for our singers and the community,” said Joshua Vickery, CEO of the non-profit Encore Creativity for Older Adults which is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2022. “We look forward again to a wonderful experience of bringing joy through song this holiday season.” Admission is free, yet there is also a pay-what-you-wish option so that audience members can give back during the holidays.
About Encore Creativity for Older Adults
Founded in 2007 by Jeanne Kelly during an NIH-funded study to address the mental and physical health benefits of singing for older adults, Encore Creativity for Older Adults has more than 1,100 singers in 30 programs across the nation, plus a vibrant online university, summer camp, winter retreat and travel abroad programs. Encore’s mission is to provide an accessible arts education and performance opportunities for older adults regardless of ability or experience. For more information, visit Encore’s new website, https://encorecreativity.org/ or call 301-261-5747.
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