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Eastern Sierra News for June 18, 2024





Press release

Come and enjoy an evening of holiday music presented by the Eastern Sierra Community Chorus under the direction of Chris Lanane.


The choir will sing selections from the Ceremony of Carols by the modern composer Benjamin Britten. The program also includes three holiday songs written by John Williams for the Home Alone movies. There will be sing-along Christmas carols for the audience. The program will conclude with the Hallelujah Chorus by George Frederick Handel.

The Eastern Sierra Community Chorus was started approximately 35 years ago in Mammoth Lakes by local residents including Barbara and Bob Campbell, Ken and Flossie Coulter, Elliot and Thelma Thompson and Dr. Suzanne Stokes among others.

The choir flourished under the batons of founder Dr. Walter Buchanan, Vic Guder, Carl Gorham and Stephanie Everson. Current conductor Chris Lanane has infused new energy into the singers and has chosen beautiful selections for the holiday program.

In Bishop, the late Chet Ullom followed by his wife Shirley as well as Mark Hatter have conducted the singers. Memorable performances by the Chet Ullom Singers included Handel’s “Messiah” and Dubois’ “The Seven Last Words of Christ.” The Chorus has performed pieces from the Renaissance and Baroque periods including the Bach B minor mass and Palestrina’s Sicut Cervus, Vivaldi’s Gloria and the Faure Requiem.

More recent performances have included Morten Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium and songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.

The holiday performance will be held in Mammoth Lakes at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Saturday December 5 at 7:30 PM. The program will be repeated in Bishop at the United First Methodist Church on Sunday, December 6, also at 7:30 PM.

The concert is free, donations are appreciated.