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`A Thrill of Hope' for festive season

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SETTING THE TONE FOR CHRISTMAS: Glorious choir at a session.

Bangalore: It will be their 17th Christmas concert; the Bangalore choir Glorious will present "A Thrill of Hope" at the Good Shepherd Auditorium on Residency Road at 6.30 p.m. on December 10, ushering in the festive season.

Why this name for this year's event? Reji Chandy, director of the 16-year old team of 60 young musicians, explains: "We want to create the right atmosphere of cheering moments ahead of Christmas and we invite all to join us as we welcome this season of hope.''

Hope we need in plenty as we come to the end of a year with several natural and manmade disasters. War clouds and terrorist activities loom large over many parts of the world and many are feeling down rather than hopeful. This is where Glorious wants to step in to bring a message of hope for the year ahead.

The choral ensemble will focus on scriptures, and music will be woven around carols, choruses and traditional songs that create the warmth, joy, wonder, love, celebration and the deep spiritual reason for the season. As one of their songs go, "A Thrill of Hope, the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn''.

The first half of the programme, we are informed, will be "absolutely amazing" with "The Greatest Story Ever Told" related through song. The canata knit together by Esther Chandy dwells on the exceedingly magnificent difference that hope makes to our lives. The second half is a rhapsody of uplifting Christmas music, songs that proclaim the entry of the Divine Saviour, as a baby, worshipped by angels.

The two-hour programme will have some of the top soloists of the city including Rachael Mathew, Miracle Ward, Sabitha Johnas, Tara Mathew, Joshua Prabhakar, Mark Rowland, Marl Lazaro and Jude Lazaro. Call 25484004 for tickets.

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