"The Universal Language of Music" is the theme of the Mountain Empire Children's Choral Academy 2016-2017 concert season. "Our theme this year reflects the diversity of languages we are performing within our repertoire," says MECCA Artistic Director Jane DeLoach Morison. "In addition to English, our choirs will perform songs in Russian, German, Latin, Japanese, Hebrew, Gaelic, Spanish, Zulu and sign language."
"Part of our mission is to be involved in the community, and our children love being able to give back by being part of the special Christmas tree ceremony at the Niswonger Children's Hospital."
Their Christmas Concert schedule includes
• Dec. 3 – Holiday Concert with Symphony of the Mountains and Voices of the Mountains, 3 p.m., Toy F. Reid Auditorium, Kingsport, Tenn.
• Dec. 4 – Holiday Concert with Symphony of the Mountains and Voices of the Mountains, 3 p.m., Virginia Higher Education Center, Abingdon, Va.
• Dec. 5 – Choristers, ETCC, and Da Capo sing for Johnson City Library Christmas Tree lighting, 6 p.m., Johnson City, Tenn.
• Dec. 6 – MECCA sings carols for the Niswonger Children's Hospital Christmas Tree lighting. 5:30 p.m., Niswonger Children's Hospital, Johnson City, Tenn.
• Dec. 10 – MECCA Christmas Concert, First Presbyterian Church, Bristol, Tenn., 7:30 p.m. Performers include Choristers, East Tennessee Children's Choir, Da Capo and Highlands Youth Ensemble
• Dec. 17 – HYE Christmas Concert, 3 p.m., Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church, Kingsport, Tenn.
For more information, contact Jane Morison at 276-645-5785 or director@ meccacademy.org, or visit www.meccacademy.org.