Originally published Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 07:46p.m.

The Prescott Chorale is putting on its annual holiday concert with two performances that have two separate programs this weekend.

Called “Glad Tidings We Bring,” the concerts are at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, with carol singing 30 minutes prior to both performances, held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 2000 Shepherds Lane. The carol singing will be accompanied by organ, the St. Luke’s Bell Choir under the direction of Jim Klein, a brass ensemble and the audience. The carols have been arranged by local composer David Burks.

This year, in addition to Burks’ compositions, the chorale has the Prescott High School Women’s Choir, directed by Erin Sobo, during the earlier performance and guest artist Kristen Lucas coming up from Tucson to solo in both performances, said Prescott Chorale Artistic Director Dennis Houser. Lucas was the winner of the group’s young artists audition program last spring, Houser said.

“She’s in line right now for a major, major university program for young artists in the opera world,” he said. “She is going to be reckoned with someday … in the opera world. She’s that good.”

The program includes carols as diverse as the 13th century chant “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” and the Appalachian carol, “Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head” alongside some favorites like the “Wexford Carol" and “Sure on This Shining Night.” Rounding out the program are carols with full organ and a brass choir, some acapella and music from German, French and British composers.

The second performance will be more introspective, inviting the audience to a gentler side of the holiday with St. Luke’s Bell Choir, a brass ensemble and organ. In addition to the music of the afternoon performance, several motets for Christmas from Pulenc and Britten as well as traditional chants for the season will be added.

The Chorale has worked diligently since October to put this performance together, Houser said. It’s a different kind of concert, too, with music that’s elegant and wonderful to hear, he said.

“It’s going to heighten the Christmas season with a quiet elegance,” Houser said.

Tickets are $21 for adults, $5 for students and free for children and are available at www.prescottchorale.org.