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"O come all ye faithful"

Staff report

It's a rare treat to have a host of Christmas carolers knocking on your door these days. But wait ... the tradition is not entirely lost in Paducah. The Paducah Symphony Choruses decided to revive the tradition three years ago and offer a caroling experience as part of their fundraising efforts.

If you attended the Symphony Orchestra's 5th Annual Sing-Off recently, you may be one of the lucky high bidders who will have youth and adult chorus members caroling at your home this Christmas season.

According to the PSO executive director, Daniel Sene, opportunities are still available for Paducah residents.

"We encourage people to go online to paducahsymphonyorchestra.org and sign up." PSO chorus members will divide into groups and visit the designated homes between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14.

Last year, Ashlea McMillan invited friends to her Jefferson Street home to toast the season while they waited for the carolers to arrive. Chris and Vicki Hunkler provided their guests with additional local talent: Janet and Jared Slayden, who sang and played guitar much to the enjoyment of the group.

It's a different way to support the Paducah Symphony, which offers great music to a regional audience throughout the year, Sene said.

The Encore Series Performances include the Dec. 6 Winter Youth Showcase Concert at McCracken County High School at 7 p.m., the Young Artist Competition Finals on Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. at Murray State University, and the Made in America Chorus Concert on Feb. 28.

A piano recital will be held in March and a spring youth concert in May.

The remainder of the PSO regular season includes Mahler's 1st Symphony Nov. 7, and "A Christmas Celebration" on Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m., both at the Carson Center.

"We still have tickets available for the popular Christmas Celebration, but they will go very quickly. This has become a Paducah tradition!" he added. n

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