"The Beauty of Christmas" is the title of this year's Christmas concert offering of the Garrett Choral Society. The group of local singers, under the direction of Jim Tong, will give two concerts, the first on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m., and the second on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. They are to be given at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Oakland. The concert features tenor soloist Michael Horton, plus Julia Scott on harp and the Attaché String Quartet from West Virginia University. Dr. Gerald McGee is the choral society accompanist. Several soloists from within the group will perform, as well as the Con Brio Singers, an octet. Tong said he is excited about the harpist and quartet, all students of the WVU School of Music. "They are all excellent musicians, and will bring so much to our performance," the director said. (See related photos on the arts page.) The musicians will be accompanying the chorus on Camille Saint-Saëns' Christmas Oratorio, a nine-movement work that features the chorus as well as soloists, a quartet, and a quintet. In addition to Horton, singers taking soloist and quartet/quintet parts in the oratorio are Dave Callis, Carolyn Deverse, Gary Wotherspoon, Beth Mankin, Angie Sincell, Karen Winkelvoss, and Mary McEwen. Other pieces to be performed are "Mary, Did You Know"; "Still, Still, Still"; "The First Noel"; "Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind"; "We'll Dress the House"; "Sleigh Ride"; and "Ah Bleak and Chill." The Con Brio Singers will present "O Magnum Mysterium" and "Let It Snow." Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for youth 18 and younger. They are available at Jan Florist in Oakland and from any member of the chorus, and at the door. This concert is supported in part by the Garrett County Arts Council, as well as numerous private and business donors.