Have yourself a Merry-etta Christmas
by Sally Litchfield
December 12, 2013 09:31 PM | 1437 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Big Chicken Chorus practices on the atrium steps of the Renaissance Waverly Hotel recently. <br> Staff/Jeff Stanton
The Big Chicken Chorus practices on the atrium steps of the Renaissance Waverly Hotel recently.
Staff/Jeff Stanton
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Lars Grevstad leads the Big Chicken Chorus during a recent practice.
Lars Grevstad leads the Big Chicken Chorus during a recent practice.
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Running around like a chicken with your head cut off this holiday season? Slow down with some festive music and go hear “Have Yourself Merry-etta Christmas” presented by the Big Chicken Chorus. The family friendly annual concert is Saturday at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Jennie T. Anderson Theater at the Cobb Civic Center, Marietta.

“We’ve been putting on a Christmas show since 1985. This is our 28th Christmas show,” said Frank Hrach, vice president of Marketing and PR for the chorus. He has been a member of BCC since its inception and served as president in 1987 and 1988.

Formed in 1986, Big Chicken Chorus is a non-profit organization that performs a cappella barbershop harmony. “We’re members of the Barbershop Harmony Society. That organization is celebrating its 75th anniversary. That’s the largest male singing organization in the world,” said Hrach, a Roswell (Cobb County) resident who is married to Marilyn. They have two grown children and four grandchildren.

The 60-member chorus is made up of a cross section of the community. “Most of our members are amateurs,” he said.

The concert features a mixture of secular Christmas songs such as “Have Yourself a Merry-etta Christmas,” “Marvelous Toy,” and “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” along with popular sacred carols such as “Silent Night” and a sing-a-long.

Known over the years for their comedy, Big Chicken Chorus welcomes guest quartet Lunch Break.

“They are a comedy quartet which means their whole program is humor from start to finish. Between that and the nature of the harmony, we try to establish the Christmas spirit,” Hrach said.

“We try to keep the program very light and entertaining. We sing music that is largely familiar to people,” Hrach said.

The Civic Center is at 548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta.

Children younger than 6 are admitted free. Students ages 6 to 21 are $10. Others are $25. Tickets are available at the door.

For more details, visit www.BigChickenChorus.org.

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