The North Coast Chorale will present its annual Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in Crescent Elk Auditorium, 994 G St.

In addition to the chorale, this year's performance will feature the new Crescent City Children's Choir, which has been rehearsing since September under the direction of music teacher Greg Goode.

"At this time, there is a lack of music in the grade schools," said Goode, "and so there is a need to build a program of music that is both community-based and sequential."

As he has worked with the initial group of 17 students ages 9andndash;12, he has given music lessons as well as introducing vocal pieces and teaching performance skills.

"This is a good start, but we have plenty of room to grow," he said, urging anyone who knows kids in this age group to encourage them to "join in the joy of singing" with the choir. He also noted that a Kids' Choir for ages 6andndash;8, under the direction of Heather Clensay-Clark, will start in January.

Songs the children's choir will perform Tuesday and Wednesday include "A Cold in My Nose," "Boats Sail on the Rivers," "Camel, Kneel Softly," and "On a Starlit Night." Piano accompaniment will be provided by Angela Harmon-Zucco.

The 65-plus members of the non-auditioned community chorale have been rehearsing from 7 to 9:30 p.m. each Wednesday since Aug. 14 in Crescent City's United Methodist Church. The finishing touches are now being put on several pieces of music that were, as director Christie Lynn Rust noted, "selected to bring back wonderful memories of the Christmas season for all."

The program includes unique traditional pieces such as the "Boar's Head Carol" (medieval), "A La Nanita Nana" (Spanish carol), "Carol of the Bells" (Ukrainian) and the "Coventry Carol" (Renaissance). Other works are "Psallite Unigenito," "Irish Blessing" (as arranged by Jaime Legate),"Shepherd's Pipe Carol" and "Little Drummer Boy." Some lighter pieces will also be sung, such as "Santa Baby," "Cool Yule," "The Very Best Time of Year," "Jingle Bells," and "Christmastime is Here."The grand finale is the "Hallelujah Chorus" from "The Messiah" by George Fredrick Handel; audience members who have sung this work before will be invited to join the chorale.

Piano accompaniment for the chorale is provided by Jill Dovre, and a brass ensemble, string orchestra, hand chimes, and a jazz combo will accompany the singers from time to time.

Tickets are available at Del Norte Office Supply and the door for a suggested $5 donation to the Pacific Music Guild, which is the nonprofit umbrella of the choirs.

Community members interested in becoming part of the North Coast Chorale, Crescent City Children's Choir or Kids' Choir beginning in January can obtain more information or a registration form by visiting, or e-mailingpaci