The Bitterroot Valley Chorus will again take center stage at the Hamilton Performing Arts Center for their annual Christmas Concert.

The 41-year-old tradition brings singers of all ages together in the fall for once-a-week rehearsals resulting with two public presentations this weekend - at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 14 and 2 p.m. December 15.

The adult chorus will share the stage with a Youth Choir and the music will include Christmas melodies and some selections from Handel's Messiah. Tricie Callaghan-Stover, who is the principal pianist, said the audience will be invited to sing-along with some christmas carols, too.

There will be an instrumental musical presentation about 15 minutes before the performance with talented instrumental soloists, Tricie said. The audience will still be seated during the music, but is asked to listen quietly.

There are 72 singers in the adult chorus and 28 in the expanded youth choir, all under the direction of Peggy Bucheit of Hamilton High School.

The concert is a free gift to the community, though if you'd like to donate to help with music costs, $5 would be the admission price per person.