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Holiday Pops

Holiday Pops, featuring the NIACC Concert Choir, NIACC Singers, North Iowa Choral Society, River City Chorus and members from the North Iowa Concert Band and North Iowa Orchestra, will be Saturday, Dec. 10, at NIACC.

MASON CITY — Holiday Pops will be presented at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the North Iowa Community Auditorium on the NIACC campus.

There is a change of performance time from previous publicity. This presentation is part of 2016-2017 Performing Arts and Leadership Series at NIACC.

The ensembles from “Candlelight Christmas” join for a new holiday collaboration.

More than 150 local performers will bring the audience into the holiday spirit. Performers include the NIACC Concert Choir, NIACC Singers, North Iowa Choral Society, River City Chorus and members from the North Iowa Concert Band and North Iowa Symphony Orchestra.

According to Musical Director Jayson Ryner, “The new format allows the performers more freedom to draw from some of the more recent holiday selections from musicals and movies.”

The North Iowa Children’s choir, under the direction of Allison Day, will present “It’s Almost Christmas” from “The Little Princess.” The NIACC Singers will sing “Believe” from “The Polar Express” with a solo dance by Elyssa Wilson.

There will also be solo big band-inspired performances by NIACC music majors Lydia Ouverson of Mason City singing “White Christmas” and Emily Erhardt of Fairbank singing “A Christmas Song.”

Novelty selections will include “Slow Rockin’ Christmas,” “Mele Kalikimaka” and “Christmas Time is No Time to Diet.”

“The end of the show will bring back a traditional choral feel,” Ryner said.

Included will be Franz Biebl’s “Ave Maria,” “Glow” by Eric Whitacre and “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing!” as sung by the Morman Tabernacle Choir. A featured solo with orchestra will be “O Holy Night,” by sophomore Harleigh McKee from Webster City.

“The NIACC Concert Choir has been out on several occasions throughout the semester and received great reviews at all of our stops,” Ryner said. “Their featured spot at the end of the concert will surely be poignant and reverent.”

Tickets are available at the NIACC Box Office, 888-466-4222, extension 4188, and online at www.niacc.edu/boxoffice.

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