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Most folks associate “mystery” with Halloween and “mirth” with April Fool’s Day, but both elements will be prominent during the December holidays this year.

In a special concert, the Chamber Singers of Greater South Jersey Chorus (GSJC) will have audiences wondering and laughing with an evocative holiday repertoire full of mystery and mirth on Friday, Dec. 18 in Hammonton. The event marks the Chamber Singers’ debut performance in the Atlantic County town.

The ensemble will perform “A Christmas Gift” at 7:30 at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 285 Route 206, Hammonton. St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Parish of Hammonton is sponsoring the event. Tickets are $20 and may be obtained by calling the Parish Center at (609) 704-5945 or by visiting www.smmcp.net. The audience will also enjoy the “Hallelujah” from Handel’s Messiah and a carol singalong.

“I am elated that the Greater South Jersey Chamber Singers are coming to Hammonton to sing in our church,” Father Thomas Donio said. “We all need the grace of song in our lives and this should be just the ticket to place ourselves in a joyous and festive mood as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.”

Sharon DeStefano, a lifelong resident of Hammonton who sings first soprano for the GSJC, agreed. “I am thrilled the GSJC Chamber Singers have agreed to perform at St. Anthony’s Church,” she said. “This will be a special event for the entire Hammonton community.”

Several other December performances are planned by the Chorus. ChildrenSong of New Jersey, a noted children’s chorus, will join the full 80-voice Greater South Jersey Chorus in two other holiday concerts: Friday, Dec. 11, 8 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 901 Hopkins Road, Haddon Township, and Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Catholic Community of Christ Our Light, 402 North Kings Highway, Cherry Hill.

“Our holiday programs this year will explore themes of mystery and mirth which appear everywhere in our music,” said GSJC Artistic Director Jason Bishop. “We look forward to sharing many joyous, reflective, and even ethereal moments with our audiences as we come together to celebrate the holidays in song.”

Tickets for the Dec. 11 and Dec. 13 concerts are $25 and may be obtained from any chorus member, the chorus website www.greatersouthjerseychorus.com or by calling (856) 482-8282. Children 14 or under are admitted free of charge on the 11th and 13th.

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