‘Sounds of Christmas’ on Monday, Tuesday

Crystal Hogan, left, principal conductor, leads a practice for “The Sounds of Christmas” concert to be presented by the Dickinson County Community Chorus on Monday and Tuesday at Kingsford High School Auditorium. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)

KINGSFORD — The Dickinson County Community Chorus will present “The Sounds of Christmas” concert at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in the Kingsford High School Auditorium.

This is the 52nd anniversary of The Dickinson County Community Chorus, which this year has Crystal Hogan as principal conductor and Jean Panek to accompany on piano. Associate conductor Gail Vornkahl and assistant conductor John Calo each will direct a pair of their favorite selections. Dawn Kranz is director of the Children’s Chorus and Tom Martin will be emcee.

The concert will begin with Hogan directing “Carol of the Bells,” followed by “It’s Christmas,” a medley of carols directed by Vornkahl.

Next will be “Ave Maria,” featuring baritone soloist Jeremiah Garrigues-Cortelyou and flautist Theresa Ozzello. Then Calo will direct the group’s most-requested song, “African Alleluia.”

The chorus will present the classic “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” featuring Panek on the piano as well as the children’s chorus, to complete the first section of the program.

The solo and ensemble portion of the concert will start off with the children singing “Marshmallow World,” accompanied by Karen McCorkle on piano as well as Kranz and Hogan on guitar.

“Calypso Lullaby” will be sung by Alene Blomquist, accompanied by Panek on piano. With guitar accompaniment, Ron and Margie Yadro will partner on “What Child is This” and “Child of the Poor.” Shelton Span will rhythmically compliment all of the solos and ensembles.

“Joy to the World,” as sung by The Pentatonix, will be performed by Elena Winters, Wendy Welch, Joe McKindles and Dean Hendrickson. Accompanying themselves on piano and mandolin, sisters Elena and Grace Winters will sing the contemporary Christmas selection “Heaven Everywhere.”

Singing with guitar, bass and conga drums, Lorna March, Thomas Niebrzydowski, John Jamar and Span will conclude this portion of the concert with “The People Who Walk in Darkness.”

Calo will open the second half of the program with “Fall On Your Knees,” along with the Dickinson County Community Chorus and chamber orchestra.

Hogan and the combo will join the chorus on “Hanukkah, Hanukkah” and “Winter Wonderland,” to be followed by Rutter’s “Angels’ Carol” under Vornkahl’s direction.

The chorus will conclude the evening with the “Hallelujah Chorus,” accompanied by the strings and piano. “Silent Night” will be signed by Wendy Welch and simply introduced by the children. The audience will help the chorus and instrumentalists by joining in singing the final two verses.

Instrumentalists include Panek on piano, McCorkle on piano and string bass, Ozzello on flute, Cathy Spice on oboe, Nancy deKoster on clarinet, Tammie Carr and Geri Hamlin on violin, Trish Gustafson on viola, Miriam Edwards on cello, Niebrzydowski on guitar and Span on percussion. Additional rhythm instruments will be played by Emily Ritsema, Vornkahl and McCorkle.

Tickets can be purchased at The Music Tree until noon the day of the performance, from chorus members and at the door if still available. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students, by check or cash only.

The box office will open at 6 p.m., with auditorium doors opening at 6:15 p.m. Seating is general admission — no reserved seats — so those who want a good seat need to arrive early.

Because the concert often sells out, those attending are asked not to leave open single seats so others can find seats together. Ushers will assist to fill empty seats before the performance begins.