Once again, the long-standing Bonners Ferry tradition lives on. Over 80 singers, children and adults, join together to present All on a Starry Night, this year’s annual Bonners Ferry Community Choir Christmas concert.
This is at least the 38th annual concert for the Bonners Ferry Community Choir. Conductor Vicki Blake Thompson will conduct her 19th annual concert this year; she was preceded by Barb Nelson, who conducted for 18 years and now is the choir’s accompanist.
Swingin’ on a Star, the Bonners Ferry children’s choir, which also performs in the concert, is conducted this year by Chloe Cavender. Swingin’ on a Star was founded in 1997 by Blake Thompson, who conducted the group up until this fall.
All on a Starry Night, the theme of this year’s concerts, features a variety of carols, familiar and new. It is a retelling of the Christmas story from a simple mountain folk perspective. Carols include Deck the Halls, Do You Hear What I Hear, Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella, Behold that Star, Sing We Now of Christmas and several others. The audience is invited to join in on The First Noel and Silent Night.
The choir loves the opportunity to bring in the season with friends and neighbors. A reception follows the performance with cookies and Christmas cheer for all.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 and 3 p.m. Dec. 21 (Pacific time) at Trinity Lutheran Church, just off Highway 95 on Cody St. in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Requested donation is $10 for adults, $6 for students or $29 for an immediate family.
—BONNERS FERRY COMMUNITY CHOIR