Combined Outer Banks Chorus and First Flight High School Advance Choir (in blue) in performance.

The Outer Banks is certainly a place where the traditions of the holiday season create a special feeling. But every once in a while something comes along that catches us by surprise—a pleasant surprise—but a surprise nonetheless.

That’s what “A Carolina Christmas” presented by the Outer Banks Chorus was this Sunday.

This is the 30th Anniversary year for the Outer Banks Chorus and they have been performing a couple of concerts every year…but nothing like this.

With a new choral director, Kyle Cook who teaches vocal music in Currituck County, the Chorus gathered together the advance choirs of First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills and Currituck High School along with an 8th grade choir and put on one of the most remarkable choral performances imaginable.

It was standing room only at the First Flight High School auditorium for the performance—although with somewhere around 200 students taking up seats when they weren’t singing, it’s hard to tell just how many people were there.

The performance was absolutely wonderful—Christmas choral music at its absolute best.

A real high point was the presentation of Silent Night. Performed in four languages simultaneously, each choral group took a different language. The music blended together beautifully, creating a powerful symbolic message of the meaning of the Christmas and the holiday season.

This was the first year the Outer Banks Chorus has combined its Christmas performance with area schools. But if ever a new tradition should be continued, this is it.