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Sing Along with Santa



Along with Santa," which returns on Saturday, December 12.

There is nothing in this world that I love better than singing Christmas carols with a beautiful man--even if that man is wearing a big red suit! All pretenses of secular Ann Arbor-ness fall away as we walk into the warm and glittering church, all decorated with lights and bows, the tree gorgeous and reaching towards the ceiling. The pews are packed with families and cute, cute children.

Local radio personality Lucy Ann Lance, with her signature blond curls piled on top of her head, starts off the celebration by talking about how Christmas is celebrated around the world. We start singing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," but the singing suddenly becomes disjointed as whole sections simply stop in their tracks and gasp, "It's Santa!" as Santa (former A2SO staff member Charley Sullivan) walks in, singing in a beautiful bearded baritone.

I half expect the whole Ann Arbor Symphony to be here today, but I am not disappointed when bassist Erin Zurbuchen and erhu player Xiao Dong Wei take the stage in their matching red Santa hats. Ms. Wei's long bare arm is mesmerizing as it bows back and forth an elegant "Feliz Navidad" on her two-stringed Chinese fiddle, complemented perfectly by the enormous bass. Together they traverse east and west, with Mongolian horses galloping to see "Mommy Kissing Santa Claus."

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