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Iowa Central will perform Christmas classics

Concert will also feature Grinch, Muppet selections

December 4, 2011
By BRANDON L. SUMMERS, Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

The Iowa Community Central College annual free Holiday Concert this year will showcase the talents of the school's students, Kathleen Schreier, vocal music instructor, said.

"They're enthusiastic, they're eager. They want to perform, and they want to perform well," she said. "They're pretty hard-working students. And they're all excited about the holiday concert. They all love Christmas."

The concert band, brass ensemble and the jazz band will all perform Christmastime classics.

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-Messenger photo by Brandon L. Summers
Sarah Schumack and Travis Ness rehearse for Iowa Central’s annual Holiday Concert.

Concert band will perform Irving Berlin's "Happy Holidays," "Count Your Blessings," "Blue Skies, Always" and "White Christmas." The brass ensemble will perform the television special classics "Christmastime is Here" from the "Charlie Brown Christmas Special" and "You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch" from "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." The jazz band will open with "The Muppet Show Theme" and perform "Here Comes Santa Claus," among other favorites. They'll close with "Woodchopper's Ball."

The concert choir will perform five pieces, including "Divinium Mysterium" and "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," and the encore singers will perform five Christmas songs, among them "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" and "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town."

The vocal jazz choir will also perform.

Fact Box

If you go:

What: Holiday concert

When: 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday; 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Iowa Central Community College, Decker Auditorium

Cost: Free

Schreier said a great deal of effort went into show, especially having little turnaround time after doing their Spotlight on the Stars show in October.

"They have to dance and sing, so they have had a lot of early rehearsals getting ready to the show, to put the song and dance together," she said. "There isn't a lot of time to prepare for this show. It's been pretty intense, the rehearsals we've had. The students use the rehearsal time very well."

Schreier promised that the show would be an extravaganza, featuring members of the Fort Dodge Symphony.

"For our students to have basically a string quartet accompanying them, not only with the concert choir but also with the show choir, which is a choreographed group, that's pretty special," she said. "Not every community college kid could boast of having that access."

The holiday concert illustrates not only these students' talents, but also their spirit, Schreier said.

"It's a good time for people to come and see youth doing really good things," she said. "So much of what we read is bad news about youth. This is good news. This is students out there working hard, putting in a lot of extra time, and putting forth their best effort."

The free concert will be in Decker Auditorium on Thursday and Friday, a Thursday matinee at 1 p.m., and evening shows both days at 7 p.m.

Contact Brandon L. Summers at (515) 573-2141 or



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