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Choral Society, Jive for Five concert set

WC?singers to perform with ensemble

Fort Dodge Choral Society and Jive for Five! brass quintet will share the joy of Christmas music Sunday, Dec. 15 at First United Methodist Church. The 3 pm concert, entitled “Silent Night” is preceded by a 2 pm reception and the opportunity for audience members to join in singing beloved carols at 2:30 pm. Webster City residents Mark Andrew, Stephanie Hill, Alan Yungclas, and Karin Yungclas sing with the group.

Sparkling arrangements of traditional carols, ranging from “Silent Night” to “Sing We Now of Christmas,” will create a festive celebration. Daniel Pinkham’s powerful “Christmas Cantata” and settings for choir, organ, brass and audience evoke Christmas’ power to unify a community.

Conductor Bruce Perry commented, “During a season when hustle and bustle often become overwhelming, it is wonderful to hear beautiful music. Music’s power was never better demonstrated than during the 1914 WWI Christmas ceasefire when troops from both sides left the trenches and united their voices, singing ‘Silent Night’ in many languages. Choral Society’s concert is a testament to the great role music plays in our lives and its power to evoke emotion.”

Jive for Five! and Fort Dodge Choral Society have enjoyed frequent collaborations, including Memley’s Gloria and Magnificat, John Carter’s The Crown of Peace, and Christmas works ranging from Gabrielli to Ben Allaway. The scope of the quintet’s repertoire is a great testament to the group’s technical and musical skill. Jive! is in great demand throughout the area.

Fort Dodge Choral Society unites singers from Webster and surrounding counties to bring great music to life. This season marks the group’s 52ns year of sharing the gift of music with the community.

Admission is available at the concert site, 127 N. 10th Street, Fort Dodge. Tickets are $10, with all students admitted free. For more information, visit FDChoralSociety.org.

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