By JESSICA TURNER, Special To The Bulletin | Published November 2, 2006
On Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18-19, the walls of the Winery at Chateau Elan will be filled with the beautiful music of local musicians to honor the annual “It’s a Wonderful House Tour of Homes” at Chateau Elan.
Presented by event coordinator Carrie Rebisa, the musical event is free and open to the public and will feature local pediatric dentist and music enthusiast Dr. Karl E. Lugus as the master of ceremonies.
Tour of Homes tickets are $25 each and may be used for one visit. Children 12 and over are welcome. Proceeds from the Tour of Homes go to The Gwinnett Children’s Shelter, an emergency shelter for children.
Guests will be entertained by the voices of the Piedmont College Choir, The Gwinnett Young Singers, Peachtree Ridge High School Advance Chorus, solo violinist Emily Jackson and pianist Dennis Nunnelley. Closing out the weekend’s performances will be performers from the Prince of Peace Church music ministries under the direction of Donnie Isaac. Piano Works in Duluth will be providing the accompanying piano used during the weekend.
“I thought that this would be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the extraordinary musical talent we have locally,” Rebisa said. She has gathered a diverse group of musicians from throughout north Georgia to set a “perfect tone” for the Christmas season.
Isaac, who is director of music and liturgy at Prince of Peace, said, “We will be performing some wonderful nontraditional selections in addition to the traditional Christmas music.” The choir will be made up of members of the Prince of Peace traditional choir, cantors and contemporary choir.
With the concert falling near the close of the liturgical year, Isaac will also be mixing in traditional Catholic pieces.
“It makes sense to honor the time in the Catholic Church,” Isaac said, adding that the concert will vary not only in repertoire but also in presentation featuring choir only selections mixed with instrumental piano and intimate solos.
“There will be something for every pallet of music,” Isaac said. “There will also be some special performances, including a solo from Father Fred Wendel.”
“Father Fred has a beautiful voice and I’m thrilled to be able to share it with our extended community beyond the parish, though it wasn’t easy to get him to agree,” said Rebisa, also a parishioner at Prince of Peace.
Still a relative newcomer to Hall County, Prince of Peace is embracing this opportunity to bring their music ministry to the community. This Christmas will mark Prince of Peace’s one-year anniversary in Flowery Branch.
“We love the opportunity to bring our music outside of our own walls and invite everyone to come worship with us anytime,” Father Wendel, pastor of Prince of Peace, said.
“This is a great chance for us to unite as a parish and enjoy the beautiful voices and talents of our music ministry,” Rebisa said. “We hope that everyone will join us and help make this a truly memorable event.”
For more information about the Tour of Homes and to purchase tickets, visit www.itsawonderfulhouse.org. For more information about Prince of Peace Church, located off Spout Springs Road in Flowery Branch, visit www.popcatholicchurch.org.