by Zacch Estrada-Petersen

This weekend, the North Mecklenburg Community Chorus will continue its “Season of Joy!” Christmas concert series at performance venues throughout the Lake Norman area.

The 50-member choir will hold performances Dec. 15 at Huntersville United Methodist Church and Dec. 17 at Davidson College Presbyterian Church.

“It’s just a good program of sacred and secular holiday music,” Sandy Rogers, the choir’s director, said. “It’ll be a very enjoyable program.”

Rogers, who has also directed the Union Chorale in Union County for 14 years, is in her second year as North Meck’s director.

“We’ll have traditional Christmas songs that everybody likes to hear,” Daniela Sims, who handles marketing and public relations for the group, said. “And then we’ll have some funny songs like ‘No Time to Diet’ and ‘Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer.’”

The concert will also feature guest violinist José Bas, who is head of the Fine Arts Department at SouthLake Christian Academy. A guest soloist on the choir’s rendition of “Jesus, Oh What a Wonderful Child” will be local artist Kevin Jones. Jones, whose band The Kevin Jones Experience performs regularly in the Lake Norman and Charlotte areas, has shared the stage with the likes of Natalie Cole and B.B. King throughout his lengthy career.

“I am very excited to be working with such a great group,” Jones said. “They sound so good and I’m just glad to be a part of the concert and working with them in that capacity.”

An eight-member jazz ensemble component of the chorus – Left@25 – will render two selections each of the main choir concerts. The ensemble will also hold its own concert, “Swingin’ with Santa!” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Huntersville UMC.

“They’ve been singing all over,” Sims said regarding Left@25. “But this is their first long concert.”

Sims is a member of both the main chorus and the ensemble.

According to the group’s website, NMCC Inc. is an umbrella organization that wishes to bring more singing opportunities for the community in the Lake Norman area.

The program is expected to last an hour and a half with an intermission.

Want to go?

Catch the North Mecklenburg Community Chorus at one of these upcoming performances:

• 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at Huntersville United Methodist Church, 14005 Stumptown Road

• 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Main St.

Admission is free, but donations are welcomed. For more information visit www.nmcchorus.org or call 704-644-7368.