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A Christmas gift from City of Humble

The City of Humble has a special Christmas gift waiting for Lake Houston residents – a free Christmas performance by the talented and very enthusiastic Houston Show Choir.

“We are just thrilled to be returning to the beautiful Bender and we’re especially honored that Humble’s City Council chose our concert as a gift to residents of Lake Houston,” said Belinda Rossiter, who is executive director of the Houston Show Choir as well as a performer with the choir.

The Houston Show Choir will present its 2017 Holiday Show, “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” on Saturday, Dec. 16, 6:30 p.m. at the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center, 611 Higgins near downtown Humble. The performance is complimentary, thanks to the Humble City Council, but reservations are required.

The choir received rave reviews last year at their first Christmas concert at The Bender when they were still called the Houston Chorale Showcase. They’ve performed all over Greater Houston since they were first created in 1932.

“We’ve performed in some pretty interesting locations,” said Rossiter, “including a dining room where we were honored to entertain some of our veterans. The Bender, however, is one of our most beautiful venues. It was delightful to perform there last year and we’re so happy to be a part of Christmas at The Bender again this year.”

Houston Show Choir may have changed their name, but their mission remains the same – bringing together a diverse group of very talented and mostly Houston-area residents who audition to be a part of the choir.

“Each season, we have a slightly different group of singers, so I try to pick the repertoire based on the sound they create,” said Jen Young, the show choir’s music director. “I attempt to match the ‘tone’ of the choir with the ‘tone’ of the piece they are performing.”

This year’s choir includes an exceptionally strong collection of singers, Young said, “…so we’ve been able to pick music that will include solos.”

Young also admitted that she “tries hard” to find Christmas pieces that are “classics” but not “clichés.”

“For example, we’ll be performing the CeeLo Green version of ‘What Christmas Means to Me,’ and ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,’ pantomime style. More acting as opposed to choreography,” said Young, “and, best of all, we’ll get to meet Santa.”

The Houston Show Choir’s 2017 holiday show is labeled “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” and while this well-known Justin Timberlake song is not exactly a Christmas tune, Rossiter says Timberlake’s song fits the general theme and “feeling” that the choir wants to project while they’re at the Bender.

“We had so much fun at The Bender last year,” Rossiter said. “We’re not classical. We’re pop and jazz and rock and disco and show tunes. We’ll probably ‘jazz up’ a song many people will recognize from ‘The Muppets’ that just fits in with our ‘Good Feeling’ theme.”

While the Dec. 16 concert is complimentary, reservations are required. For tickets to the Houston Show Choir or for more information about coming events at The Bender, 611 Higgins St., Humble, call 713-410-7713, go online to humblepac.com, or log on to Charles Bender Performing Arts Center on Facebook.

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.