The Appalachian Men’s Ensemble (AMEn) will present a Christmas concert titled “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” on Friday, December 8, 7:30 p.m. at Munsey Memorial United Methodist, 201 E Market St, Johnson City, and on Sunday, December 10, 3:00 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church, 301 Euclid Ave, Bristol, VA.
The concert will feature pianists Bryan Underwood and Ann Lavender performing four-hand piano accompaniments with the men’s choir. Additionally, the pianists will perform several duets without the choir. The concert will include familiar Christmas favorites such as Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Ding Dong Merrily On High, Little Drummer Boy, Coventry Carol, and many more. The concert will also feature an audience sing-along to Christmas carols.
“Music is one of the most important parts of the Christmas season. We hear familiar tunes and we are immediately filled with Christmas memories. This concert will take the audience away from the headaches of the season and fill them with the Christmas spirit,” says Artistic Director, Alan Stevens, “Every AMEn concert is unique, but the Christmas concerts are always my favorites.”
AMEn is an all-male vocal ensemble of auditioned voices from throughout the greater Tri-Cities area. The group is dedicated to performing a wide range of choral repertoire – both sacred and secular – from the late Middle Ages to the present. AMEn is unique in its formation and execution, representing one of the few male choral ensembles of its size to perform music of such a demanding caliber with a limited rehearsal schedule. AMEn was founded in the fall of 2013 and has quickly gained popularity in the region. Dr. Alan Stevens, the Artistic Director, is also the Associate Director of Choral Activities at East Tennessee State University.
Concert admission is a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, contact AMEn at AppalachianMensEnsemble@gmail.com. Singers interested in joining the ensemble should contact the chorus manager at the same email address. The Appalachian Men’s Ensemble is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Concert updates and additional information about AMEn can be found at www.AppMensEnsemble.org or on their Facebook page www.Facebook.com/AMEnEnsemble.