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Holiday concert by Festival Chorus Dec. 8 at Phipps in Hudson

The Phipps Festival Chorus will perform its annual holiday concerts on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts.

The chorus, directed by Thomas Dahle, will perform a variety of seasonal songs, including a number of selections new to the choir's repertoire. Some of the new selections include "Northern Light," by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, "Make We Joy Now in this Fest," by British composer Malcom Archer, and "Stars I Shall Find," by David Dickau, Minnesota composer and director of choral activities at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The women of the choir will perform "Love Came Down at Christmas," written for four-part women's chorus by Mary Kaye Geston of Northwestern College, St. Paul.

Works by British composers John Rutter, John Tavener, and Peter Warlock will be in the program, along with selections by J.S. Bach and Felix Mendelssohn. Familiar songs and carols round out the program, including "The First Nowell," "O Little One Sweet," and "On Christmas Night All Christians Sing."

Forty-seven singers from communities throughout the St. Croix Valley make up the Festival Chorus, founded by Dahle in 1990 and now in its 22nd season. Heather Tank, Hudson, is the accompanist.

The chorus consists of Sonja Hammond from St. Paul; Val Koutek from Maplewood, Minn.; Chris Gustafson, Tim Mueller, and Steve Sorenson from Woodbury, Minn.; Mary Clymer, Jon Mackereth, and Marcia Torning from Afton, Minn.; Dan Roth from Oak Park Heights, Minn.; Elvira Antonson, Randy Bach, and Gayle Parizino from Stillwater, Minn.; Dale Braun, Jeanne Germain, Christine Scheid, and Pam Terhaar from Somerset; Mary Anderson, Anne Anez, and Bill Leahy from New Richmond; Brian Copp, Ruth Lee, Carrie Loney, Dean Loney, Pat Miller, Judy Rommel, and Les Webster from River Falls; Sara Route from Baldwin; and Hudsonites Dan Baumgartner, Darrell Burman, Nancy Burman, Nathan Campbell, Carol Dahle, Adele Dolan, Peter Eisch, Charles Giffen, Skip Jewett, Bob Long, Carl Meincke, Mary Ellen Paulson, Roberta Pominville, Cheryl Richardson, Dick Stine, Veronica Stine, Chris Tank, Monica Weekes, Louise Weiher, Kathy Youngberg.

Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for all students. Discounts are available by purchasing season tickets. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at (715) 386-8409 or online at The Phipps.