On Thursday, December 13, Variety hosted a magical holiday concert at the Sheldon Concert Hall. The event featured the Variety Children’s Chorus, comprised of kids and teens of all abilities, as well as the Gateway Ringers and the Junior League Larks.
Family and friends of Variety filled the seats in anticipation as the lights dimmed and the music began to play. The Larks and the Variety Chorus started the evening with a medley that included many holiday favorites.
Next, the Variety Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Carter, sang a wide range of festive tunes in addition to their new theme song, “If the World Only Knew.” Originally written for a school for children with autism, this is the perfect song for this chorus of children who want you to see them for their abilities rather than their disabilities. And not a dry eye was left in the audience.
The Gateway Ringers then took the stage, under the direction of Ruth McDonnell, to perform rousing renditions of songs such as “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” And then the Larks, directed by Nance St. James, returned for a beautiful set, singing well-known tunes such as “Jingle Bells,” “Christmas Bells are Ringing” and many more.
For the finale, all three groups came together on stage as the audience joined in with a sing-a-long of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” But, before the final song could begin, a surprise guest arrived! Santa Claus himself stepped through the doors of the hall, passing out candy canes as he made his way to the stage for a performance of “White Christmas.”
We’d like to thank everyone who attended the event; your applause and cheers warmed our hearts! And thank you to the Gateway Ringers and Junior League Larks for sharing your talents with us.
Finally, thank you to our wonderful event partners, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation and Neiman Marcus. We couldn’t have done this without your support!
If you’d like to see more photos from the event, you can find them on our Flickr album here. We hope you have a great holiday season!