NICS Christmas Concert

MASON CITY | North Iowa Choral Society, directed by Linda Ferjak, and North Iowa Symphony Orchestra, directed by Dennis Root, will present a new, collaborative holiday concert.

The performance will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, in the North Iowa Community Auditorium on the NIACC campus.

The concept features the sister groups, both sponsored by NIACC, along with North Iowa Choral Society's Children's Choir, directed by Betsy Kirby.

Tickets are $5, available from any Choral Society or orchestra member, and at the door.

“The joint effort of North Iowa Choral Society and North Iowa Symphony Orchestra is really something unique for this holiday season," said Julie Taylor, Choral Society president.

“It has been such a joy to bring children from other schools and communities together for this special holiday performance,” Kirby said.

The program will begin with selections from "The Messiah" by Handel, and will include the Children’s Choir.

The orchestra will perform "Christmas Fantasy" (Ades), "Farandole" (Bizet) and "Abduction from the Seraglio" (Mozart).

The Choral Society will perform "African Alleluia" (Harlan), "Betelehemu," a Nigerian Carol (Olatunji and Whalum), "Christmas Day, a Choral Fantasy on Old Carols" (Holst), "Lord of All the Earth and Sky" (Shaw), "Mister Santa" (Ballard) and "Sleigh Ride "(Paris and Anderson).

North Iowa Choral Society Children's Choir will perform "Winter Fantasy" Gallina) and "When I Kneel at the Manger Tonight" (Beall).

The performance will conclude with a Christmas carol sing-a-long with audience participation.

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