LAYTON – The Davis Arts Council is offering twice the musical cheer this holiday season.
For the first time ever, their annual DAC the Halls concert is featuring a double bill of performers to celebrate Christmas. Set for Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Layton High School auditorium, the concert will feature music from One Voice Children’s Choir and the a capella group Eclipse 6.
“We’ve done a folksy take on Christmas, and a country take,” said DAC Executive Director Kirt Bateman. “This year, we’ll have a lot of beautiful harmonies and choral music.”
The first group to take the stage will be One Voice Children’s Choir, who recently made it to the quarter-finals round on “America’s Got Talent.” The choir, which is made up of northern Utah kids ages 4-17, has also received numerous awards, including the John Lennon International Music Award.
“I’m super excited about One Voice,” said Bateman. “These kids have the most amazing vocals.”
They’ll be followed up by Eclipse 6, a well-known a capella group that performed as part of the arts council’s Summer Nights With the Stars concert series. The group creates all elements of the song with their voices, including instrumental-like sound effects.
“After they performed, we kept getting calls from subscribers saying ‘Will you bring them back for Christmas?’” said Bateman.
This is the fourth year for the DAC the Halls concerts, which started in 2010 with a performance by Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband. The arts council began the event in order to increase their community offerings into the holiday season.
“I feel like we’re in a really comfortable place,” said Bateman. “We’ve realized our goal, which is to provide something on the off season that would be something they’d bring their kids and grandkids to.”
If the event were to grow, he said he would consider bringing in national groups for the Christmas concerts. Even if that never happens, though, Bateman said he’s happy with how the event has matured.
“I think we’ve settled into a nice tradition,” he said. “I like where we are.”
Layton High School is located at 440 Wasatch Drive in Layton. Tickets range from $12-$28 depending on location, with discounts available for children, students and seniors. They can be purchased online at davisarts.org.