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Fairbanks Sweet Adelines and Great Land Sounds prepare holiday concert

This weekend, two community a capella choirs are performing their annual holiday concert.
This weekend, two community a capella choirs are performing their annual holiday concert.(Alex Bengel/KTVF)
Published: Dec. 2, 2021 at 4:43 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - This weekend, two community a capella choirs are performing their annual holiday concert.

For decades, the Fairbanks Sweet Adelines and Great Land Sounds performed a holiday concert for the Fairbanks community.

After cancelling last year’s concert due to COVID-19, both choirs are back for the 2021 season. “It was almost like Christmas didn’t happen last year,” said Gayle Miller, director of the Sweet Adelines. ”We’ve been doing this show so long that we can’t even put a date on it anymore. We’re unable to say when we started. It’s been that long. So not being able to do it in 2020 was just very, very hard for us,”

Work on this concert began near the end of summer. According to Miller, “We’ve been practicing with our masks on. To actually be on stage, away from the audience so we can sing without them (masks) is a great joy for us.”

The playlist this year includes a variety of holiday songs. “We offer secular, but we also offer sacred,” Miller said.

Patti Gallagher, Director of Great Land Sounds, explains that the concert’s song choice will see “a goodly difference from one minute to the next.”

For many in Fairbanks, this concert marks the start of the holiday season. “We have a very loyal audience that comes and looks forward to it every year,” said Miller.

“We have fun, and we try to sing well, and we do our best at all times, but we have a lot of fun with the audience,” Gallagher said.

The concert will also feature the North Pole Jazz Choir. It is taking place at the Centennial Center at Pioneer Park, starting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 3, and at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 4.

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