It can't officially be called the Christmas season without a little music.
Some stores and malls have been playing it over loudspeaker systems since late October, which often makes it lose its charm. However, the Southern Oklahoma Community Chorale swoops in with the save each year to help rejuvenate the community's faith in Christmas music.
Friday and Sunday, the chorale will perform its annual Christmas Concert performances at Northwest Baptist Church. Director David Hobbs said this is the point every year to which he looks forward most and what he can bring to the community.
"Every year, I think about the mood of the audience, in general, the world, in general, to find a good theme to use for the concert," Hobbs said. "This year, it's 'Comfort and Joy,' and the music is kind of themed around that idea."
As is tradition, Hobbs is bringing back additional instrumentation with strings and percussion to fill a gambit of different genres of Christmas music. He said the form and flow of the concert is not built on chance.
"We cover it all from one end of the spectrum to the other, and it's filled with the strings, the lullaby pieces, the wild and crazy stuff and the warm fuzzies you want to hear at a Christmas concert," he said. "The concert is built to have that progression that keeps the listeners interested."
But Hobbs can't do it alone. Dozens of people participate in the chorale annually on their own time. This year, Hobbs thinks he's got one of the more focused groups he's had in a long time.
"I told them the other night that this is the first time in many many years that every piece was right where we wanted it to be," he said. "They have just really gelled, and it's been fun to work with them. They each carry their load well and will put on a great show."
The last piece to a successful concert, however, is the audience. "What's the point of doing this if it's not for the audience," Hobbs asks.
Each year, concerts come close to or do sell out in the small church sanctuary.
"Our audience is loyal and they look forward to it each year, sending us notes saying they can't wait," Hobbs said. "To the audience, it's the start of the season, and we try to be effective in meeting that expectation.
"The concert always has a few surprises, as well, so we're not so predictable."
Now that rehearsals are winding down, Hobbs and the Community Chorale are ready to officially kick off this year's Christmas season. And Hobbs said if all goes as planned, it should be something special for all who attend.
"If you haven't heard this group sing, we can promise you it won't be like anything you've ever heard," he said.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Northwest Baptist Church, located at 1609 Robison St. Tickets are $10, and can be purchased at the door.