This weekend has two different local musical offerings to help you get into the Christmas spirit with a third concert happening on Dec. 9.
The Heart of Kentucky Men’s Chorus will be in concert 7 p.m. Saturday, Glen Rice and Friends present a Christmas Homecoming at 2:30 p.m. Sunday and the Heartland Winds will have a show 7 p.m. Thursday. All three are at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center.
The men’s chorus show is titled “Rock & Roll Christmas” and will have Elizabethtown Choral Society, 9-2-5 and The Kentucky Babes as their special guests.
The concert serves as a benefit for Room In the Inn, which provides seasonal shelter for the homeless. Tickets are $8 plus a $2 fee and can be purchased at thepac.net or by calling 270-769-8873.
Chorus member Bob Swope said all genres of music have become a part of holiday celebrations.
“It’s one thing to listen over the radio, but so much more when you can experience a live performance, whether in the audience or on the stage,” Swope said. “I think I can speak for all of us on stage when I say that the Heart of Kentucky Men’s Chorus Christmas show brings joy to our hearts as we attempt to bring joy to our community.”
He said holiday music offers excitement for the young and memories for adults.
“It connects us with loved ones near and far, it can alter our mood and cause us to reflect,” he said. “For Christians, the music reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas and helps us prepare for the coming of the Christ child.”
The show theme is about rock and roll with secular songs but each year the concert closes by telling the Christmas story from scripture and hymns, he said.
The chorus is made up of men who enjoy singing barbershop harmony and is presenting its 16th concert.
On Sunday night, Glen Rice and friends come back to The PAC.
The concert will celebrate Rice’s 15th year performing at The PAC and features artists from around the region singing memorable Christmas songs.
Rice said that Christmas music “soothes people’s soul and warms their hearts.”
“I think hearing the different Christmas songs gets people in the Christmas mood,” he said. “It’s a time where we can all slow down and enjoy family.”
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. They can be purchased by calling 270-528-4014 or 270-325-3256. They also can be purchased through The PAC by calling 270-769-8837. A portion of the proceeds will go to local charities.
On Dec. 9, the community group Heartland Winds will perform its Christmas concert.
Group member Craig Frey said being able to perform in publica again is great. The group was a week away from its March 2020 concert when everything shut down because of the pandemic.
“Little did we know it would be 19 months before we would be able to return as a group and prepare a concert again,” he said.
They are now thrilled to be back in concert again.
“I think Christmas music helps put people in the holiday spirit by helping them to recall special times, with special people, in special places, forming special bonds the last time or perhaps the first time they heard any particular holiday song,” he said. “Holiday music can bring back memories — even if it also helps us romanticize holidays of the past.”
A band founded in 2007 by Chuck Campbell, the Heartland Winds has performed a Christmas concert since 2009.
It will be their first concert since the pandemic.
Carol Zagar, who also is part of the group, said the Heartland Winds can’t wait to play for an audience again.
“I love that our first concert back is playing Christmas music,” she said. “Being with our friends and playing the music that is like our friend is a great way to start back.”
The Heartland Winds Concert is free and tickets can be reserved at thepac.net or by calling 270-769-8837.
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