STANDISH – The Arenac Choraleers will usher in the Christmas season with its 39th annual holiday concerts titled, “The Gift of Christmas Peace.”

The concert will be held on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. at United Methodist Church in West Branch and on Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. at Standish-Sterling Central High School, located at the corner of Grove and Wyatt Roads in Standish. 

Chorus members are looking forward to performing beautiful and festive works ranging from a modern rendition of “The Little Drummer Boy” paired with “Peace on Earth” in counterpoint; the popular Darlene Love classic, “Christmas [Baby Please Come Home],” along with other festive selections spanning two centuries to suit every like and style of music. The program will be enhanced with vocal solos by choral members throughout the performance.

Sponsored by the Northeast Michigan Arts Council, the chorus is directed by Pamela Proulx and accompanied by Janet Ireland. Choraleer members are represented by the counties of Arenac, Bay, Gladwin, Iosco, Ogemaw and Saginaw. The group is dedicated to performing choral music in public, to provide music education to its members and their audience, and to encourage and promote the performance of quality choral music.

Advance tickets are available at Wilson’s Cheese Shoppe in Pinconning, West Branch Creative Arts Association Gallery, or at the art center by calling 989 846-9331. 

Ticket prices are $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and students, and $2 for children five to 12 years of age. The Standish performance is co-sponsored by Standish-Sterling Community Education. Visit the art center’s website for all other art center events at nemiac.org.