Last night Kish and I and Mr. and Mrs. JV attended the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus holiday music show. Entitled Joy! “Set the Earth Aglow,” it featured performances by the Chorus as well as Illuminati and Vox, which are two other choral groups, all backed by a piano, horn and violin sections, drums, and bells.
I love holiday choral music, and the Chorus show offered a good mix of traditional and new offerings. I particularly like The Yearning, a beautiful piece I’d never heard before, the toe-tapping Oba Se Je, a fine rendition of songs from the Beach Boys’ classic Christmas album, and Recycle The Fruitcake, a rollicking comic triumph. The show closed with audience participation in singing The Little Drummer Boy.
It was an excellent performance that really put me in the Christmas mood (and made me think that I need to get cracking on my holiday baking, too). If you want to kick start your holidays and watch some guys who obviously enjoy singing and are having fun doing it, you can catch two other performances of the program, today and tomorrow, at the King Avenue United Methodist Church.