The Civic Chorale is partnering with the Tallahassee Film Society in presenting the cinematic treatment of the Christmas Truce. Joyeux Noel (2005, French, with subtitles) will be presented at the All Saints Cinema, 918½ Railroad Ave at 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 30, 2014. Tickets will be available at the door for $5 to either members of the Chorale or the Society, $8 for non-members. A special combination ticket to both the film and the concert is available to all for $10.

What was the Christmas truce? On Christmas Eve 1914, the Germans placed candles and make­shift tinsel decorations on Christmas trees around their trenches. The Germans then proceeded to sing Christmas carols. The British troops facing the German trenches began to sing carols as well, continuing throughout the night. Following this, inquisitive excursions were made into No-Mans-Land where small gifts were exchanged. In particular, the artillery in that sector of the front fell silent.

“Joyeux Noel” re-introduced many to this inspiring bit of history, and as we approach the 100th anniversary of the 1914 Christmas truce, the Tallahassee Civic Chorale (in partnership with the Tallahassee Film Society) is proud to present this special screening as we prepare for our upcom­ing concert which also commemorates this spark of humanity amongst the horrors of war.

Many thanks to the Tallahassee Film Society for partnering with us to make this screening possi­ble and we hope to see you at the cinema!

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“Artistry, Community and Service”

Enriching The Big Bend Through Our Passion for Choral Singing

Leslie Heffner, artistic director

The Tallahassee Civic Chorale is Northwest Florida's best-kept choral music secret! Our 2011 Silver Anniversary celebrated twenty-five years of joyous, heartfelt love of singing, as well as a melding of the academic community of Tallahassee Community College with the surrounding Big Bend music community.

Established in 1986, the Tallahassee Civic Chorale is a non-profit, non-auditioned mixed choir of approximately 55 - 75 singers. The Chorale rehearses weekly, every Tuesday evening from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Tallahassee Community College.

The Chorale is open to anyone in the Big Bend community. Since 1998, the Civic Chorale has been affiliated with the Tallahassee Community College. TCC students may take the Civic Chorale for college credit. In addition, the Civic Chorale sponsors a music scholarship for TCC students. To enter the Chorale, TCC students must register for course # MUN 1310, College Chorale, for one credit per semester, to a maximum of four credit hours.

The Chorale performs three major concerts during its season, with an eclectic mix of choral masterworks, musical theatre, spirituals, contemporary choral selections and lots of fun. We share our love of singing through "Sing Outs" at local civic events, including the Tallahassee Winter Festival and Springtime Tallahassee. In service to the community, we reach out to those who are otherwise unable to attend cultural events with concerts at nursing homes, retirement centers and assisted living facilities in the greater Tallahassee area.

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  • Ray Colletti
  • Rebecca Levings
  • Claire Timm
  • Cynthia Valencic

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