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Annual Holiday Concert to be a mix of classics, originals

    by Josh Sandin
    Posted on 11/18/2011

FORT DODGE - The Iowa Central music and visual arts programs will be hosting the annual Holiday Concert on Thursday and Friday, December 8 and 9, in Decker Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. each night and Iowa Central students will be on full display as several programs will appear on stage.

The free concert, which is one of the highlights of the music and visual arts programs each year, will be packed with performances ranging from fun and light to moving and inspirational. Old holiday classics as well as original works will be performed throughout the evening.

The band program will have three ensembles on display as the concert band, brass ensemble and the jazz band will all perform.

The concert band will feature works from famous American composer Irving Berlin like “Happy Holidays”, “Count Your Blessings”, “Blue Skies, Always” and “White Christmas.” The concert band will also be performing an original work from Iowa Central band director Paul Bloomquist’s former graduate schoolmate Matt Conway. Conway is currently a high school director in West Lafayette, Ind., and the concert band will be performing his original work “One with the Wind.”

The brass ensemble will perform a pair of selections taken right from the television. The ensemble will perform Vince Guaraldi’s “Christmastime is Here” from The Charlie Brown Christmas Special and Dr. Seuss’ “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” from How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Finally, the jazz band will cover a wide spectrum of sounds and styles.  First, in honor of the release of the Muppet movie, the band will open with “The Muppet Show Theme”.  Then the “raildroad track, that takes [you] back” will give all listeners a “Sentimental Journey”.  Knowing that the holiday season is rapidly approaching, the band will remind the audience that “Here Comes Santa Claus”.  Then the band will also perform two works from the holiday classic The Nutcracker with a “Swing March from the Nutcracker” and “Sugarplum Rock”.  Finally, the band will close the show with “Woodchopper’s Ball.”

The choir will also perform several numbers from a quartet of ensembles as the vocal jazz, concert choir, encore singers and the men’s choir will all perform.

The vocal jazz choir will open the choir performances with the light hearted “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”. 

The concert choir will then perform five pieces all including “Divinium Mysterium”, “It came Upon a Midnight Clear”, featuring vocalists Olivia Jondle and Teresa McLoughlin, “Angels We have Heard on High”, “Ave Maria” and “Angels in Seven.”

The encore singers will follow with five Christmas time favorites that will be familiar to those in attendance, both young and old. They will start with “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, “We Need a Little Christmas” and Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”.

The final two songs will feature soloists. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, will feature soloist Jefferson Fosbender and then Chloe Peterson and Tyler Thompson will be soloists in “Let There Be Peace on Earth”.

Finally, the men’s choir will wrap up the choir department’s contribution with the New Year’s classic “Auld Lang Syne.”

Admission to the 2011 Holiday Concert is free and the doors open at 6:00 p.m. A free shuttle will be available for the evening shows.