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Thursday, November 24, 2016


WELLSBORO—The Hamilton-Gibson Children and Youth Choirs will present their annual Dickens of a Concert on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in St. Peter's Catholic Church at 38 Central Avenue in Wellsboro.
Fifty-seven second through twelfth graders from four local school districts will be singing about people with familiar and strange names. Each song title includes the name of an historical or fictitious person. Among them are "Ave Maria," "As Joseph Was a Walking," "Good King Wenceslas," and "Santa Sings the Blues."

All four choirs will sing individual numbers and conclude the concert with "Light One Candle for the Maccabee children" written and originally sung by Peter, Paul, and Mary. The lyrics begin with the incident from which the holiday Hanukah was born, but encompasses all beliefs and faiths and is a plea for each person to light one candle for social justice and peace. Joining the choirs in performing this song will be Drowsy Maggie, who will also play and sing several other selections during the concert. Drowsy Maggie includes: Danny Shipe on guitar, Bruce Smith on bass, octave mandolin and guitar; Carl Conn, fiddle, flute and Irish whistle; and Daria Lin-Guelig, hammered dulcimer and concertina.

Kersten Harnley directs Choir, TOO, Hamilton-Gibson’s training choir composed of second through fourth graders and the ninth through twelfth graders in the Young Women’s Choir. Thomas Putnam directs the fifth through eighth graders in the Children’s Concert Choir and the ninth through twelfth graders in the Young Men’s Choir. Accompanist is Marian Miller on piano and organ.

The concert is sponsored by the Wellsboro Electric Company and provides opportunities for the audience to sing along.

Any child that wants to be involved with the H-G choir program can be regardless of his or her family’s financial situation. Money from the Katherine Ann Brennan Memorial Scholarship – Hamilton-Gibson Productions will be used to support students who would benefit from participation in the Hamilton-Gibson Children and Youth Choirs. Brennan became the director of Choir, Too in 2001 and soon afterwards also became the director of the Young Women’s Choir. In January 2015, she was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer that claimed her life on June 25, 2015.

To donate to this scholarship fund established in Brennan's memory through the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers, log onto the CFTT website at and click on “make a donation.” From the drop down box, select Katherine Ann Brennan Memorial Scholarship – Hamilton-Gibson Productions. Donations can also be sent to CFTT at 104 West Lockhart Street, Sayre, PA 18840. Put the fund name in the check's memo line.

Tickets for the concert can be purchased at the door for $8 per adult; and $4 for children and full-time students of any age.

For information call Hamilton-Gibson at 570-724-2079 or email

Shown are members of Hamilton-Gibson's Choir, TOO in grades 2-4 and the Children's Concert Choir in grades 5-8 who are taking a break from a rehearsal for their Friday, Dec. 2 Dickens of a Concert.

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