Choir in the Glades performs at Living Christmas Tree (Palm Beach Post)

November 26, 2018
Choir in the Glades performs at Living Christmas Tree (Palm Beach Post)

BELLE GLADE — Thirty-five adult choir members, 65 children and a giant Christmas tree structure will take center stage Sunday in the 30th and final Living Christmas Tree performance at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center.

Presented jointly by the center and Palm Beach State College’s Belle Glade campus, “A Holiday to Remember: 30 Years of Favorites” will feature more than 100 performers from the Glades community singing popular selections from the past three decades such as “Holiday Rock,” “Light Up the Tree” and “Let it Snow.”

The performance is directed by retired music teacher Carol Schmidt, who has led the Living Christmas Tree adult choir for three decades and also directs the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches’ Choir in Belle Glade. That choir also will perform Sunday.

“This event has not only become a great tradition for me and my family, but has been personally rewarding too,” said Schmidt, whose daughter, Monica, and granddaughter, Ashlyn, will perform Sunday. “Many students who I taught music to in public school ended up joining the choir and staying into adulthood. We all forged these wonderful relationships and grew up together.”

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