Apple Tree Arts to host holiday concert at Grafton Town House


Apple Tree Arts Community Chorus Photo/submitted
Apple Tree Arts Community Chorus

Grafton – Apple Tree Arts will present its annual Holiday Concert Sunday, Dec. 4, at , 2:30 p.m. in the Great Hall, One Grafton Common. The free holiday concert is part of “Grafton Celebrates the Holidays” event sponsored by the town of Grafton’s Recreation Commission. Seating is on a first-come basis.

“It’s exciting for us to showcase the beauty of the Great Hall in the Grafton Town House this year as we present our 13th annual holiday concert featuring the Community Chorus performing traditional holiday carols, spirituals, Hanukkah songs and folk music,” said Donna Blanchard, Apple Tree Arts executive director. The holiday concert is directed by Chuck Brown, music director with piano accompaniment by Theresa Atkinson, faculty member.

Apple Tree Arts’ students, faculty members and friends will provide festive entertainment. Saxophonist Perry Drugan, student of Paul Surapine, faculty member and executive director of the Claflin Hill Music Performance Foundation, Inc. will play holiday selections. The “Ukulele Highway” duo of Education Director Jan Barlow and Atkinson will perform “Mele Kalikimaka,” a Hawaiian-themed Christmas song which means ‘Merry Christmas” in Hawaiian.  Apple Tree Arts’ Show Choir will sing a selection from their November performance. Children will enjoy listening to a holiday story read by master storyteller Jim Gallagher.

The 37 members of the Community Chorus will perform 10 selections. “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “I Wonder as I Wander” by composer John Rutter, “Bidi Bom” a Hanukkah song and a spiritual song “Here Comes the Light” by composer and lyricist Joseph Graham are a few of the songs.  “O Magnum Mysterium,” a renaissance music selection by Spanish composer Tomas Luis de Victoria, and “Sleigh Bells,” a popular Ukraine folk song, also will be featured.

Founded in 1989, Apple Tree Arts, a nonprofit community school for the arts, serves people of all ages throughout the Blackstone and Assabet Valleys. The 501 (c) 3 organization’s mission is to enrich the community through the arts by providing high-quality educational music and theatre arts programs. For more information, contact Apple Tree Arts at 508-839-4286 or visit


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