McSweeny’s to hold Winter Recitals

“Baby It’s Cold Outside” is the theme this year during the winter voice recital, presented by McSweeny’s School of Performing Arts.

Approximately 80 musicians will be involved in four public recitals to be presented during the month of December encompassing many area schools and communities including Badger, Fort Dodge, Gilmore City, Gowrie, Humboldt, Manson, Pomeroy, Somers and Webster City.

The voice recital will kick off the Winter Recitals and will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at McSweeny’s School of Performing Arts, 1633 N. 29th St.

The recital will feature vocal soloists, a vocal duet, and the Fort Dodge Area Children’s Chorus, all voice students of MaryAnn McSweeny-Buhr. Providing piano accompaniments for the recital will be Michelle Havlik-Jergens, of Webster City.

The performance will include various genres of music including folk songs in English, Italian art songs, songs performed in French, Spanish and Latin, musical theater, pop, traditional Christmas, as well as Disney classics sung by students ranging in age from 5 to 18.

The Fort Dodge Area Children’s Chorus, a performance group of singers primarily in first through seventh grades, will be singing “Alouette”, a French-Canadian folk song, “Hey! Ho! Nobody Home!”, a traditional English folk song, “Little Star”, a partner song with “The First Noel” and “Mi Burrito Sabanero,” a Latin-American Christmas song.

A vocal duet, “Baby It’s Cold Outside”will be performed by Maren Borer and Joey Kelley.

Recital soloists will be Borer, Joey Kelley, Ashton Acree, Ian Almos, Tristan Isaacson, Zuri Roe, Ava Sells, Maggie Strickland, Dari Cook, Hannah Lukehart, Taryn McKimmey, Hannah Reynoso, and Kyra McKee.

At 1:30 p.m. Dec. 17, piano students of Mavis Chen will present a recital for the public. Students range in age from four years old to adults.

Also on Dec. 17 flute students of David Klee will present their winter flute recital at 4:30 p.m. The students range from the fifth grade through a senior in high school.

The violin students of Melissa Gillette will present the last recital at 7 p.m. Dec. 22, Students range in age from three to 19.

All recitals are free. The recitals will be held at McSweeny’s School of Performing Arts, 1633 N. 29th St.