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Coble Singers set Christmas shows

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The 28th Annual Christmas Dinner Show presented by the Bert Coble Singers is set for Thursday and Friday evening, Dec. 17 and 18, at historic Baird Chapel on the Cumberland University campus.

Proceeds from this year's dinner shows, which are always a popular local holiday event, will benefit Empower Me Day Camp, the Wilson County Community Help Center and the Bert Coble Music Scholarship at Cumberland University. Reservations are required.

"This is our 28th annual event, and we look forward to seeing our friends and loyal patrons that have been a part of this program for many years," Jennifer Perry, director of the Bert Coble Singers, said. "Dr. Coble had a great vision some 28 years ago when he originally organized this event, and it is an honor to carry the tradition on again in 2015.

"We are excited about bringing on two new organizations that will benefit from the proceeds we raise," she continued. "We felt including some local charities would be a great way to help our neighbors in the communities we live and work."

The idea for a Christmas dinner show was born when Coble was a professor at Cumberland University. At that time, the shows raised money for choir tours to recruit new students, now the money raised benefits some very worthy organizations.

"We don't have an exact total of funds raised over the years, but we do know that well over $260,000 has been raised since the event's inception," Perry noted.

The volunteer choir, who began rehearsals in September, is made up of singers from across Middle Tennessee. Jason Ligon serves as assistant director for Perry and has been in the choir for over 10 years. Many members have been a part of the Bert Coble Singers family for years, and some are new for 2015.

"When you have a 28-year-old program, you tend to go through some talent. The Bert Coble Singers are no different," Ligon said. "Our vocalists are very talented, and they are excited about presenting a great evening of Christmas songs and carols that will touch on Christmas memories and some more modern tunes that may surprise you."

Due to an overwhelming response from the community, both shows have limited seating available. To make reservations, e-mail the Bert Coble Singers at

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