Fort Dodge Choral Society will present two performances of "Joy to the World," a concert uniting the choir and Jive for Five brass quintet in Christmas music. The first performance is 7 p.m. Dec. 21, at Faith United Methodist Church in Humboldt; the second is at 3 p.m. Dec. 22, at First United Methodist Church, Fort Dodge. Special guests for both concerts will be the bell choir from Faith United Methodist, directed by Ryan Bowman.
On Sunday afternoon, audience members are invited to come early for Christmas treats and carol singing lead by Cheryl Kuhlman and Beverly Poduska. The pre-concert festivities will begin at 2 pm.
Conductor Bruce Perry has chosen a program of Christmas music for brass and choir. Highlights include double choir works by Giovanni Gabrielli and Johann Pachelbel, as well as music by Handel, Holst, and Hayes. The choir will premiere Iowa-born composer Philip King's "Christmas Bells," a setting of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Civil War Christmas poem. The concert will culminate with a setting of "Joy to the World," for brass, bells, and choir, arranged by Eagle Grove resident Cathy Moklebust.
Members of Jive for Five — Dan Cassidy, trombone; Tim Miller and Dave Swaroff, trumpets; Kathy Yoakam, horn and Paul Bloomquist — will join the Fort Dodge Choral Society in two Christmas concerts in the coming weeks.
The collaboration between Jive for Five and Choral Society always produces exciting music. Jive for Five is a brass quintet comprised of five of the area's finest teacher/performers. Tim Miller and Dave Swaroff, trumpets; Kathy Yoakam, horn; Dan Cassady, trombone; and Paul Bloomquist, tuba unite to form a brilliant ensemble. Their Christmas CD has become a holiday favorite for many. The quintet's frequent collaborations with Choral Society are an annual audience favorite.
Webster City pianist Michelle Havlik-Jergens will join with singers to present a concert of fun-filled music for the entire family.
Fort Dodge Choral Society is one of Iowa's foremost community organizations dedicated to the performance of great choral music. The group unites singers from a Webster and surrounding counties to bring masterworks to life.
Faith United Methodist is located at 107 Fourth Street North in Humbolt and First United Methodist is located at 127 North 10th Street, Fort Dodge. Admission to the event is available at the door or by season membership. Ticket prices are $10, and all students are admitted free. For further information, call (515) 979-5620.