Nov 30

The unique restrictions and challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic couldn’t stop the City of Austin from finding a way to celebrate our annual tradition of starting the holiday season with the lighting of the Zilker Holiday Tree.

The Barton Hills Choir continued their string of consecutive performances with a unique remote, recorded set of “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Winter Wonderland” featuring their outstanding accompanying musicians.

If you missed the broadcast on Sunday, November 29 you can still view it above; the BHC performance starts at 15:08 but you’ll enjoy the entire video. Happy Holidays!

Musicians:
Barton Hills Choir – vocals
Gavin Tabone – piano
Jason Brint – bass
Don Cento – guitar
Randy Franklin – mandolin
Jake Perlman – drums
Tom Treanor – bells

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Nov 19

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected virtually every aspect of our world including the holiday traditions we celebrate. These circumstances have required the 2020 lighting of the Zilker Holiday Tree to be a virtual experience.

The Barton Hills Choir has performed at this event every year since 2009 when the Choir was first formed. They will continue their streak of consecutive appearances at the Zilker Holiday Tree Virtual Lighting on Sunday, November 29 at 6:00 PM.

For public safety, there are NO on site viewing or walk-up options for the 2020 ceremony. Please do not go to the tree in Zilker Park; the Choir will not be there.

To enjoy the lighting of the Zilker Holiday Tree you can tune in using any of the options below. This year you will need to provide your own hot chocolate, kettle corn, and other goodies to enjoy during the event instead of depending upon concession stands.

The Choir promises to help you get into the spirit of the season with their rousing renditions of classic holiday songs. Be sure to tune in!

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Nov 19

BHC has performed at the annual lighting of the Zilker Holiday Tree each year since the Barton Hills Choir was formed in 2009. That’s over a decade of consecutive Choir performances at this much-loved Austin event that means even more to us since Zilker is virtually a neighborhood park for Barton Hills students.

Sadly, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Choir won’t be able to perform at the lighting of the Holiday Tree in Zilker Park this year, but will continue their continuous streak of appearances by participating in the Virtual Tree Lighting ceremony.

For a magical trip back in time to their past performances, check out the links below for photos and videos. The songs are sure to put you in the holiday spirit!

Year  
2019Video
produced by Gavin Tabone
2018Photos by Dave Mead
2017Photos by Dave Mead
2016Photos by Dave Mead
2015Photos by Dave Mead
2014Photos by Dave Mead
2013Video by John Scannell and Martin Rodriguez, produced by Gavin TabonePhotos by Brent Schneeman and Katie Hayes Luke
2012Video 1
Video 2
Video 3 by Nancy Daniel and Brett Merrit, produced by Gavin Tabone
Photos 1
Photos 2
Photos 3 by Sarah Jeansonne, Carlos Cordova, and Susie Cobb
2011
Photos by Anna Bryan-Borja
2010Video by Lynn Williamson, produced by Gavin TabonePhotos by Chan Geltemeyer
2009Video by Lynn Williamson, produced by Gavin TabonePhotos by Chan Geltemeyer

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Nov 06

The latest remote performance by the Barton Hills Choir features Noah Lewis’ ‘Big Railroad Blues’ segueing into the Garcia/Hunter classic ‘Bertha’.

Musicians
Josh Rosen – guitar
Adam Roberts – bass
Robert Koritz – drums
Trevor Nealon – organ

Video produced by Gavin Tabone

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