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Angels sing: Holiday music to brighten December days with inspiration and cheer


It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
There’ll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting and caroling out in the snow.
Well, probably not snow in Fayetteville.
But music still warms a December night.
These days, you have streaming and cable channels and YouTube variations, but there’s nothing so soothing as the needle-scratching 45-rpm that has Andy Williams’ version of “O Holy Night” followed by Julie Andrews with a pure and simple deliverance of “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” and Diahann Carroll’s “Some Children See Him.”
Music of the season. It fits; it’s right. Tune in.
Every year brings lots of opportunities to share the sounds of the season. Here are some on tap for this holiday.
It will be a big “Hallelujah” when Berean Baptist Church presents music from George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah.” In partnership with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, singers are invited to become part of the choir for a performance at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at the church, 517 Glensford Drive. No ticket is necessary. Join the “Hallelujah” chorus.
The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra will present “Holiday Pops” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at Seabrook Auditorium on the campus of Fayetteville State University. The program will feature favorite holiday songs and masterpieces by composers such as Eric Whitacre, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and John Williams. For more information, visit fayettevillesymphony.org.
On a lighter note, Cape Fear Regional Theatre will deliver “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” on Dec. 2 to 17. It’s the story of a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant and casting kids who deliver mayhem and fun. Find tickets at cfrt.org/the-best-christmas-pageant-ever.
Highland Baptist Church will present three performances of the “Singing Christmas Tree.” Admission is free at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 to 10 for “All Is Well: A Christmas Musical” at 4456 Legion Road in Hope Mills.
And who doesn’t love a marching band? The annual Fayetteville Christmas Parade will move in lockstep beginning at 10 a.m. Dec. 9 downtown. Presented by the Fayetteville Rotary Club, the parade will feature more than 100 businesses and organizations and include a float competition, performances by local school groups, and characters such as the Grinch, Santa and Mrs. Claus. The parade will begin on Person Street and travels around the Market House to Hay Street.