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Tonight, at 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 11, The Greater Arkansas River Valley Chamber Choir and Orchestra present “Gloria” a live Christmas concert. The event will be streamed live from the ClearView Community Church so you and your loved ones can gather some holiday cheer without leaving home.

Director Brandon Chism hopes that during the holiday season, the community can be renewed and refocused while choosing love and gratitude. The musicians participating in the performance live in Chaffee, Park, Summit and Lake county. Ensemble members represented in this performance include the Colorado Philharmonic, Summit Concert Band, Alpine Orchestra, Collegiate Peaks Chorale and the Notables.

Chism explained, “the performers were curious back in August and September when I began inviting them to participate, unsure how this might look since “distanced” layouts for performing are very difficult musically, but all the performers have been very enthusiastic to provide this performance for our communities, and folks around the country who will be tuning in.”

“It was hard for me to sit still and do nothing this fall, if it was at all possible to provide a performance within county guidelines and such. Very grateful for our tech crew at ClearView as well as several camera operators and audio engineers will be a part of it to make it as professional as we can, at least for a small operation,” Chism continued.

This is a volunteer-based pop-up performance, and each performer has the desire to keep the performing arts present as well as alive within the community. Rehearsals have been conducted in a socially distanced manner to follow current health regulations and keep performers safe. All seats from the sanctuary at the ClearView have been removed and the choir will be spread, socially distanced across the front of the room while the players will be spread through the rest of the room.

“Even though it’s been difficult and awkward to perform distanced, and most of us in masks, they’ve recognized that this concert is so necessary to keep the performing arts alive in whatever capacity is possible, and also to bring some hope and healing for people this Christmas season,” Chism said.

“As we’ve neared the performance date, the anticipation has been growing. I think many of us (myself included) often wondered whether we’d be able to pull this off in case folks in the group would need to quarantine at any time, or if the county would need to ‘shut down’ again. But we are thankful and excited that it looks as though we’ll be able to perform on Friday.”

To download the concert program, click here. To tune in live, click here.

Featured Image: courtesy of ClearView Community Church.