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Music Director Dr. Melodie Galloway and the Asheville Choral Society will host a holiday concert benefit for Habitat for Humanity, “A Celebration of Love,” on Friday, December 6th at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, downtown Asheville.

This concert is a “come home for the holidays” event with an emphasis on having a home to come to, through a partnership with the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. “These pieces are very uplifting, and they are about different holiday traditions,” says Dr. Galloway. “The overarching themes of this concert are coming together in community, and the spirit of the holiday season. The music I’ve chosen celebrates family as well as the change of the seasons. There are songs about the chill in the air and the snow on the ground.”

This holiday benefit concert is the second in the 37th season of the Asheville Choral Society, which continues in 2014 with “Music and the Movies” on March 7-8 at Diana Wortham Theatre, and concludes with “Celtic Dreams” on May 16-17 at Central United Methodist Church, in downtown Asheville.

The program for “A Celebration of Love” includes a new take on some traditional pieces, as well as the unique Stella Natalis by composer Karl Jenkins. “Jenkins is very unconventional in that if he wants a certain effect, he treats the singers as he would the orchestra,” Dr. Galloway said.  “Sometimes he has the chorus singing nonsense syllables just to create an effect. He uses elements such as a children’s choir and vocal percussion that don’t follow traditional methods.” The Asheville Choral Society will be joined by the Celebration Singers youth choir of Asheville for this piece.

There is no admission for “A Celebration of Love”. All freewill donations will go directly to the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity to support the amazing work they do for our community. For more information about this concert, and their entire season, visit The Asheville Choral Society website at or call (828) 232-2060.