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‘Sounds of Christmas’: Dickinson chorus to present annual concert in Kingsford

Dickinson County Community Chorus will present “The Sounds of Christmas” at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Kingsford High School Auditorium. Crystal Hogan, principal conductor, leads singers in a rehearsal — from left, bottom row are Jeri Allen, Karen McCorkle, Vicki Faust, John Calo, Joanne Reid and Rosemary VanPeymbrock; second row are Wendy Welch, Ann Johnston and Scott Guffey; third row are Colleen Mans, Molly Gustafson, Mary Cooper, Colleen Carey and Sandy Sullivan; top row are Alyssa Moore, Pam Pirkola, Kathy Kulas, Peggy Mendina and Jan Cayemberg. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson County Community Chorus will present “The Sounds of Christmas” at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Kingsford High School auditorium, 431 Hamilton Ave. in Kingsford.

The concert theme is “Sing We Now of Christmas” and continues the summer theme, “Sing, Sing a Song.” Narration will detail how carols originated and why singing carols brings such joy during the holiday season.

This year marks DCCC’s 53nd anniversary. The chorus is directed by principal conductor Crystal Hogan and accompanied on piano by Jean Panek. Associate conductor Gail Vorhkahl and conductor emeritus John Calo each will direct a pair of their favorite selections. Dawn Kranz is the director of the Children’s Chorus, accompanied on piano by Karen McCorkle. Tom Martin will be emcee for the evening.

This concert will feature many familiar carols, hymns, classical numbers and spirituals sung by the choruses and played on handbells, piano, strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. Those entering the building will hear a low brass trio with prelude music played by Boyd Thomas, Jeremiah Garrigues-Cortelyou and Bill DeVoe.

The concert will begin with handbells and children and adults singing “An Antiphonal Noel” and “Sing Joy!” The theme song, “Sing We Now of Christmas,” will invite the audience to reflect on why singing is done during the holiday season.

This year marks the 53rd anniversary of the Dickinson County Community Chorus. The chorus is directed by principal conductor Crystal Hogan and accompanied on piano by Jean Panek. Dawn Kranz is the director of the Children’s Chorus, accompanied on piano by Karen McCorkle. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)

The first portion of the concert will continue with “Fall On Your Knees,” “Follow that Star,” “Breath of Heaven” and conclude with “African Alleluia.”

Featured performers include Krystal Cayemberg, Margie Yadro, Ron Yadro, Elena Winters, Grace Winters, Lorna March, Ed Williams, Jeremiah Garrigues-Cortelyou, Dean Hendrickson, Shelton Span, Josh March, Thomas Niebrzydowski, Miriam Edwards, Sandy Sullivan, Dawn Kranz and Brock Taff.

The DCCC will open the third portion of the program with “We Need a Little Christmas,” followed by “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “The Red, Red Cutter” and “He Will Be the Love.”

Near the end of the program, the chorus and orchestra will perform “Hallelujahs to the Lamb” that includes “Hallelujah” from “The Mount of Olives” by Beethoven, “Hallelujah” from Judas Maccabaeus by Handel and concluding with the “Hallelujah Chorus” from “The Messiah” by Handel. “Silent Night” will be signed by Wendy Welch and introduced by children singing and Thomas Niebrzydowski on guitar. The audience will be asked to join the chorus and instrumentalists on the final two verses.

The chorus will conclude with wishing all a “Happy Holiday” and end with an audience sing-along on “White Christmas.”

Tickets are available at The Music Tree, 101 W. Hughitt St. in Iron Mountain from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and 10 a.m. until noon the day of the performance; from chorus members; as well as at the door depending on availability.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students, by check or cash only. Updates on ticket availability will be posted online at The Daily News, DCCC website and on DCCC’s Facebook page.

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