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Choirs give voice to the holidays.

Byline: The Register-Guard

Christmas carols will be in the air when the Motet Singers, Eugene Chamber Singers, Oregon Festival Choir, Oregon Children's Choir and others give special holiday concerts this week.

Motet Singers

Dec. 14, Trinity United

Methodist Church

Classical holiday music and treasured carols will be sung by the Motet Singers at 4 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 440 Maxwell Road in Eugene.

An 11-woman a cappella ensemble, the Motet Singers will sing songs that range from the 15th century to the present.

Classic motets such as Palestrina's "Adoramus Te" will be sung, as well as "White Christmas," seasonal lullabies and arrangements of Christmas carols from Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Great Britain and the United States.

Five of the works have been arranged by Eugene composer-arranger Audrey Snyder, who sings second soprano in the ensemble. Six of the selections will be accompanied by guest harpist Jeff Parsons of Corvallis,

A suggested sliding-scale admission of $5 to $10 will be taken at the door.

Oregon Festival Choir/

Suzuki Chamber Players

Saturday,

Central Presbyterian Church

The Suzuki Chamber Players will be featured at the Oregon Festival Choir's Holiday Concert at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Central Presbyterian Church, 555 E. 15th Ave.

The program will feature seasonal selections from a variety of traditions, highlighted by Baldassare Galuppi's "Dixit Dominus" and the Suzuki Chamber Players' performances of Antonio Vivaldi's Winter (from ``Four Seasons'') and G.P. Telemann's Concerto for Four Violins.

The concert will close with a sing-along accompanied by the instrumentalists.

Conducting will be Peter Robb, founder of Oregon Festival Choirs, and Shelly Rich, director of the University of Oregon Community Music Institute's Suzuki Strings Program.

Tickets, at $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors, will be sold at the door. Information: 465-9600.

Oregon Children's Choir

Dec. 14, Beall Hall

A wide variety of Christmas music will be featured at the Oregon Children's Choir's 21st annual Holiday Concert at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at Beall Hall on the University of Oregon campus.

The 3 p.m. concert will include performances by the Junior Boychoir, conducted by Tama Rowan; the high school young women's ensemble Synergy, conducted by Dr. Paul Westlund; the Prelude Choir of girls 6 to 8 years old, conducted by Suzanne Light; the fourth- through sixth-grade Junior Girlchoir; and the doo-wop group The Classics.

The 7 p.m. concert includes the Oregon Girlchoir, conducted by Jennifer Searl; In the Groove, eight high school young women and men; the Oregon Boychoir, conducted by David Fitch; the Young Men's Ensemble, conducted by Jason and Cate Caffarella; and the Young Women's Choir, conducted by Westlund.

Tickets, at $5 and $9 each, will be available at the door one hour before each concert. Information: 346-3777.

Eugene Chamber Singers

Dec. 14,

Central Lutheran Church

International Christmas songs and carols will be featured at the Eugene Chamber Singers' 25th annual "A Christmas Celebration" concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Central Lutheran Church, 1857 Potter St.

A suggested sliding-scale donation of $3 to $13 will be taken at the door.

Guest conductor Shannon Chase, an assistant professor of choral music education at the University of Oregon, will open the program with the 15th century processional ``O Come, O Come, Emmanuel'' (``Veni, Veni Emmanuel''), and close with ``On This Day'' (``Personent Hodie''), both arranged by choir member Harold Owen, a professor emeritus of composition at the UO music school. Two medieval carols by Steven Samets (``There is No Rose of Such Virtue'' and ``Gaudete''), Alessandro Scarlatti's four-part a cappella motet ``Exsultate Deo,'' a Venezuelan carol ``O Magnum Mysterium'' by Cesar Alejandro Carrillo, Knut Nystedt's ``Laudate,'' two traditional carols arranged by John Rutter (``Go, Tell It on the Mountain'' and ``What Sweeter Music'') and Andrew Carter's ``Venezuelan Carol'' complete the program.

Springfield High choirs

Thursday,

Springfield High auditorium

Seasonal songs will be featured at the annual Springfield High School Christmas Choral Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the school's auditorium, 875 7th St., Springfield.

Performing will be the school's choirs, directed by Stacy Swartout.

The concert is free and open to the public.

North Eugene High vocal groups

Thursday, Hult Center lobby

Holiday favorites will be sung by the North Eugene High School vocal groups the HiTones and the Hot Scots at a free SHOcase Concert at 12:15 p.m. Thursday in the Hult Center lobby.

The Hot Scots, North Eugene's female vocal jazz ensemble, took third in the Northwest in 2002 and placed second at the Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival last year. The HiTones, winners of the Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival in 2002, are frequent performers in the community (they will be singing the national anthem at Friday's University of Oregon women's basketball game). The groups are directed by Al Villanueva.

The 30-minute concert, produced by the facility's Support Hultcenter Operations organization, is free and open to the public. Information: 682-5733.

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