Vermillion singers among concert performers

Vermillion singers among concert performers Vermillion singer Kyle Jensen, Lena Jensen, an Taylor Geu will be a part of the Yankton Children's Choir (YCC) as they present "Bidding You Joy" as its Christmas offering to the public on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m. at Bishop Marty Chapel on the Mount Marty College campus in Yankton.

Admission to the YCC concert is a freewill donation. Tickets are not necessary for entry.

All are invited to hear the voices of the YCC Concert and Preparatory Choirs all of whom have been working since September on this holiday performance. Preparatory Choir will open the concert with Hodie, a selection in Latin that announces the arrival of Christmas.

This is followed by the poetry and music of Yankton author Elizabeth Lewis which is titled Lullaby.

The familiar Pat-A-Pat-A-Pan melody will be heard in Jill Gallina's arrangement of Let the Merry Music Ring! A traditional Czech song, The Cuckoo Carol, is followed by the festive It's Christmas Day!

Like As a Father, by Italian composer of the Classical Era, Luigi Cherubini, will be the Concert Choir's first selection followed by Praise Ye The Lord, a wonderful work for voice in praise of the coming of the Lord.

Mid-Winter, by Bob Chilcott, is a hauntingly beautiful setting of Christina Rosetti's poem In the Bleak Midwinter.

This piece will be sung in both Spanish and English, and will feature the joyful singing of the entire choir and several smaller groups of singers.

Following a brief intermission, the Concert Choir will continue with the selection, Chasing the Northern Lights, by Canadian composer Nancy Telfer. This contemporary piece uses imaginative vocal sounds to paint a picture.

The piece, Fantasy on Two English Carols, is by Nick Page who is no stranger to the YCC.

He has been a commissioned composer for the choir and was a student at Yankton College. In this arrangement he has taken the Cherry Tree Carol and O Little Town of Bethlehem and combined them in an ingenious way. It will truly be a delight for both singers and audience.

Each year Brain Holmes writes a new carol to be sent as his Christmas card to friends and relatives. The Carol of the Field Mice, with lyrics from the poetry of Kenneth Grahme's The Wind in the Willows, will be "bidding you joy" in this imaginative setting.

Do You Hear What I Hear is an inspiring arrangement of this most popular carol.

John Leavitt's arrangement of O Holy Night will reflect perfectly the wonderful setting of Bishop Marty Chapel as the Choir's voices blend with the beauty of the melody. The Concert Choir's final number is A Christmas Gloria. This is an arrangement of the traditional Angels We Have Heard on High and an original work by Berta and Sonja Poorman.

The concluding number of the afternoon will be Peaceful, Silent Night. This elegant arrangement of Silent Night has become a traditional closing number for the YCC, combining voices of both the Preparatory and Concert Choirs. the audience will find themselves experiencing a mood of peace and tranquility as this setting concludes our concert.

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