Sounds of Christmas at KHS

KINGSFORD – The Dickinson County Community Chorus, now celebrating its 47th year, will present its annual “Sounds of Christmas” concert on Monday and Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Kingsford High School auditorium.

Tickets are available in advance at the Music Tree in Iron Mountain or at the door beginning at 6 p.m. each night. Adult tickets cost $10 and student tickets cost $5. There are no reserved seats.

Following a welcome by announcer Tom Martin, principal conductor Crystal Hogan will begin the program with “A Choral Fanfare” featuring Barb Rice on trumpet and Our Saviour’s Lutheran Bell Choir.

Next the chorus will perform “Candlelight Carol” by English composer, John Rutter. Sandy Sullivan is the harpist for this selection.

The chorus will pick up the tempo with the following number entitled “The Redeemer Will Come.” This spirited selection will be accompanied by Teresa Ozzello on flute, Thomas Niebrzydowski on guitar, Karen McCorkle on bass, Brandon Jerue on percussion and Jean Panek on piano.

Assistant conductor John R. Calo will then step to the podium to lead the breathtaking arrangement of “The Annunciation.” Instrumentalists include, oboist, Cathy Spice , violins, Tammie Carr and Emily Ritsema, cello, Miriam Edwards, clarinet, Nancy deKoster, bass, Karen McCorkle, and piano, Jean Panek.

Calo will conclude the first part of the program with “African Alleluia” accompanied by Karen McCorkle on bass and percussionists Brandon Jerue, Emily Ritsema and Barb Rice.

“This song is such a tradition that the concert and Christmas season wouldn’t be complete without it,” a spokesman from the chorus said.

A group of solos and ensembles will make up the next portion of the program.

Starting off is a string trio made up of Sandy Sullivan on harp, Karen McCorkle on violin and Miriam Edwards on cello playing “Stille Nacht” as performed by Mannheim Steamroller.

The next selection on our program combines two partner melodies that create a beautiful duet. Accompanied by Jean Panek, Joe McKindles and Dennis Fraker will perform “Drummer Boy” and “Peace on Earth.”

As made popular by Natalie Cole, “No More Blue Christmas” will be sung by Dean Hendrickson and accompanied by Sandy Sullivan on piano.

The Vocal Ensemble will perform Deck the Halls in 7/8 Time.

Members of the ensemble are John Calo, Tiffany Darling, Dennis Fraker, Dean Hendrickson, Joe McKindles, Kristin Novara, Jennifer Spreen, Boyd Thomas and Gail Vornkahl, director. This unaccompanied version of Deck the Halls will put a spring in your step and a smile on your face.

Did you ever wonder when Mary first looked down at the newborn child she tenderly held in her arms, did she really know who he was?

The lovely song, “Mary, Did You Know?” will be sung by Lorna March and will be accompanied by Thomas Niebrzydowski on classical guitar.

Every program needs a little comedy. For this, we turn to perennial favorites Shirley Schultz and Earl Scheidt, accompanied by Boyd Thomas on “Super Santa.”

The Dickinson County Community Chorus returns to the stage to perform a audience favorite.

Picture yourself in “The Red, Red Cutter” on your way to grandma and grandpa’s house listening to the clip-clop of horse’s hooves.

This is a country-style winter song written by Dickinson County native, the late Iris Bates and arranged by Crystal Hogan. Accompaniment includes Pam Trask on the recorder, Thomas Niebrzydowski on guitar, Karen McCorkle on string bass, and Brandon Jerue on percussion.

“He Will Be the Love,” by Ruth Elaine Schram, weaves a beautiful image promising the coming of Divine love during this season of Advent. Associate Conductor Gail Vornkahl directs the chorus, accompanied on cello by Miriam Edwards.

“On With the Snow” is a medley of “Sleigh Ride,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “Let It Snow!” Accompanied by Jean Panek on piano, Karen McCorkle on bass and Brandon Jerue on percussion; you are sure to enjoy this lively set of snowy winter songs.

The “Hallelujah Chorus,” from Handel’s Messiah will be accompanied this year by Miriam Edwards on cello, Jean Panek on piano and Tammie Carr and Emily Ritsema on violin.

The program concludes with a stunning and thought provoking rendition of “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” leading in to a quiet version of “Silent Night” accompanied by Thomas Niebrzydowski on guitar, Miriam Edwards on cello and featuring the newly formed DCCC Children’s Chorus and signed by Wendy Welch.

Members of the Children’s Chorus performing in the show include Philip Miziniak, Austin Angeloff, Ella Spreen, Kathryn Miziniak, Luisa Munoz-Ozzello, Amelia Zanoni, Emily Miziniak, Ben Smith, John Shampo, Amy Wysocki, Madison Neuens, Elena Winters, and Grace Winters.