Fortnightly Musicale presents ‘Christmas Gift to the Community’

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

From pop favorites to carols, Fortnightly Musicale’s “Christmas Gift to the Community” will celebrate all kinds of Christmas music.
Fortnightly Musicale, one of the oldest music associations in Tupelo, is hosting a free concert for the community next week. Performers include a variety of performers, from singers like Jo Miller Orr, Annette Reed, Sarah Childers, Monica Spencer and Anna Miller, instrumentalists like the Advanced Suzuki Class and Darwin Brooks.
“The unique and wonderful thing about this concert is that it brings together musicians with an age span from 12 to almost 70 years old into one Christmas offering of music,” Orr said.
Selections for the evening include Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Pie Jesu,” performed by Orr and Jarod Reppert; “White Christmas,” performed by Monica Spencer; and “O Holy Night,” performed by Chris Thompson.
The singers and instrumentalists chose their own songs, Orr said, so there’s a wide variety.
Orr chose an obscure number, “No Candle Was There and No Fire,” that she believes was popular in the 1920s or ‘30s.
“It’s absolutely just gorgeous,” she said. “Music really is the international language, and it never ages.”
The concert is free, Orr said, so the community can enjoy the music put together by the Fortnightly Musicale.
“It truly is a Christmas gift to the community,” she said.

On stage
What: Fortnightly Musicale’s “Gift to the Community, featuring Jo Miller Orr, Annette Reed, Monica Spencer, Jarod Reppert and the Advanced Suzuki Violin Class

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: First Presbyterian Church, Tupelo

Cost: Free

Info: (662) 255-1593,

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