Crestview High chorus Christmas concert a gift for the ear (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Published: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 06:07 PM.

The Men's Choir's version of "Winter Wonderland" was a pretty piece, though couldn't quite top the Women's Choir's stunning "Little Drummer Boy," which like Ravel's "Bolero," built and built to a joyous crescendo.

The women's rousing, perky sleigh ride song, "Jing-a-Ling, Jing-a-Ling," was likewise a delightful wintery romp that segued into Chorale's set of more stately music.

The elite choir's rendition of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" ratcheted my Christmas spirits into high gear, especially as it wasn't the version we normally hear.

Chorale's performance of the Caribbean carol, "The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy," featured a piano duet between accompanist Leon Curenton and special guest Pam Myers that beautifully enhanced the spiritual.

Rounding out the evening, the entire chorus was augmented by more than 25 chorus alumni in the traditional performance of Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" from "The Messiah."

The rousing piece always draws the audience to its feet, not just out of respectful tradition but in enthusiastic appreciation for another enjoyable concert that never fails to be a precious Christmas gift.

If I may offer one criticism, it would be that we had trouble hearing the soft but lovely voices of the Destiny girls, especially when they'd be executing choreography that resounded on the wooden stage and platforms, nearly drowning out the singers.

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