The Coles County Barbershop Chorus and quartets will present their 48th Annual Christmas Benefit Concerts on Sunday, Dec. 3rd.
The 3 PM program is at Wesley United Methodist Church in Charleston and the 7 PM Concert is at First Presbyterian Church…just west of Big Lots in Mattoon.
The one hour concert is FREE. The 25 man chorus is made up of singers from many area communities: Arthur, Brocton, Champaign, Charleston, Decatur, Hindsboro, Neoga, Newman, Newton, Oakland, Paris, Sullivan, Stewardson and Tuscola, and they will be joined by 20 ladies from the East Central Harmony Chorus (Charleston Sweet Adelines). Secular and Sacred songs will be performed by the chorus and four different quartets.
The chorus is currently ranked 3rd in Illinois and are well known for their community outreach efforts. A Free Will Offering will be collected and typically, more than $4,000 will be raised for area Food Pantry and Homeless Shelter Programs.
Both churches have adequate parking and are wheel chair accessible.