It was difficult to tell who enjoyed Cherry Hill Manor’s annual Christmas Concert the most: the performers or attendees.
“We had a wonderful time,” said Thomas Khoury, who has been in the music industry for 40 years and plays the keyboard and sings. “We thoroughly enjoyed every minute we were there.”
The Khourys – made up of Thomas, his wife Charlene and 20-year-old daughter Giulia – treated an overflow audience at Cherry Hill to an evening of classic Christmas music last Thursday, bringing back the sounds of Billie Holiday, Etta James and Peggy Lee.
“None of our program was rehearsed. We didn’t want to just stress Christmas Carols, but all the people knew the words and we really enjoyed it when they all sang along with us,” said Thomas, who also plays keyboard and sings in a touring 12-piece showband named 100 Proof. 100 Proof is scheduled to play at Twin River on Jan. 20.
Concert goers were impressed with Giulia Khoury, who has been studying voice for 10 years and did a little bit of jazz, rock, soul and rhythm and blues when she took her turn at the microphone.
“Everyone seemed to really love how Giulia did Peggy Lee’s famous hit ‘Fever,’” Thomas said. “This was one of those nights every minute of our show was as much fun for us and the audience.”
Another highlight of The Khourys performance came when Charlene Khoury, who recently retired after 35 years as a music teacher, took her turn at the keyboard and later played the hand drums.
“That’s one talented family,” said Cheryl Perry, the activities director at Cherry Hill Manor who, along with Assistant Activities Director Annie Greeno, helped coordinate the show.