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Moscow Boys Choir performing in Greeneville

staff report • Dec 1, 2012 at 10:11 AM

GREENEVILLE — For a unique Christmas experience, make plans now to see the Moscow Boys Choir 2012 “Christmas Around the World Tour” at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m.

Founded in 1957, this choir is Russia’s most prestigious all-boys choir. Handpicked from more than 400 students, these highly talented youngsters have the voices of angels. The boys traditionally begin their life in music as early as age five, but are not allowed to perform for audiences until age nine.

The Moscow Boys Choir has toured Belgium, Germany, Italy, France, Holland, Scandinavia, South Korea, and Japan. 2012 marks their twelfth North American Tour and the choir will visit more than 11 states in the U. S. and perform their very first concerts in New Brunswick, Canada on this tour.

In addition to being a concert, the program will be an entertaining history lesson whereby the audience members learn about traditions in several countries. For instance, in Germany, Christmas technically begins December 6 and is celebrated throughout the entire month. The center of a traditional German Christmas is, of course, the Christmas tree. It is said that the idea of raising and decorating a tree for Christmas comes out of Germany and decorations were originally homemade trinkets or even fruit and cookies.

The choir sings “O! Tannenbaum” in a nod to these German Christmas traditions. The choir also performs the perennial favorite “Silent Night,” which was first performed by a choir to the accompaniment of a guitar.

“We felt that it was important,” says Darrell Bryan, NPAC Executive Director, “to offer a program for families during this special time of the year. Student tickets are only $10 and adults are $20.”

For keepsakes, NPAC will be making pictures that night with children and/or their families at the Christmas tree. The pictures will be made available free of charge by e-mail.

For ticketing information, call the NPAC Box Office at (423) 638-1679 (Open from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday). NPAC is located adjacent to Greeneville High School at 212 Tusculum Blvd. in Greeneville, Tennessee. For more information check the website www.greenevillenpac.com.

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