The Jefferson Choral Society performed a festive holiday concert entitled "A Christmas Celebration" under the direction of Maestro Aaron Garber, conductor and accompanist, on December 4 and 5, 2021 at the Timberlake United Methodist Church. The first of its 2021-2022 concert season, the JCS Christmas concert performances entertained and inspired 327 audience members, including children, their parents, and college students who were admitted free through a generous Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation grant. Through beautiful holiday choral music, all experienced the joy of the yuletide season!
The Jefferson Choral Society presented its mid-winter concert entitled "Beatles Rewind" on Sunday, February 13 at 4:00 pm on the main stage in the Historic Academy Theatre. An enthusiastic audience of 233 people gave the choir a standing ovation and even joined the singing. The JCS performed "Fab Four" favorites like"Twist and Shout," "Let it Be," "Yesterday," and so many more, accompanied by a small band.
In January 2022, the Jefferson Choral Society received a generous $10,000 grant from the Schewel Charitable Foundation to help fund its 2021-2022 concert season expenses. The JCS is deeply appreciative of this generous grant, which will strengthen the JCS in its mission to enrich the lives of all Central Virginia citizens through the experience of excellent choral music. The Jefferson Choral Society has been fortunate to be awarded generous 2021-2022 grants from the Schewel Charitable Foundation, the Andrew H. and Anne O. Easley Trust, the Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. The Virginia Commission for the Arts receives support from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The JCS is also pleased and grateful to be the recipient of a Member One Federal Credit Union "Giving Tuesday" gift of $2,500.
On Sunday, May 1, 2022, the Jefferson Choral Society presented the famed oratorio Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn at the ACOA Historic Academy Theatre to conclude its inspiring 2021-2022 concert season. This spring classical concert featured fifty-seven JCS choir members, four soloists, and a nucleus of 28 instrumentalists from the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra. The enthusiastic audience of approximately 300 gave the performers a resounding, appreciative standing ovation for their inspiring performance. The concert was made possible by the generous support of Handel Society sponsors Geri and Lamar Cecil as well as Brahms Society donor Charlie Layne and two anonymous donors.
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