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Christmas with the River City Chorale

The River City Chorale will celebrate the peace and the beauty of Christmas with friends and neighbors by presenting the fifth annual "Christmas with the River City Chorale" on Saturday, Dec. 15. The Chorale's three choral ensembles will present two concerts, one at 3 p.m and one at 7 p.m., at a new location, Faith Community Church, 777 Carmichael Road in Hudson.

General admission tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and are available online at the Chorale's website therivercitychorale.org. Both of last year's performances sold out in advance, so everyone is encouraged to order their tickets soon. Any available tickets will be sold at the door prior to each concert.

The 120 singers in the Christmas Choir represent communities throughout the St. Croix River Valley and the Twin Cities. Concert selections will include arrangements by 21st century composers; Craig Courtney's "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence" and "Rejoice" and Joey Hoelscher's "Still, Still, Still." "Christmas Intrada" by David Lantz, arrangements of traditional Christmas songs "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day" by John Gardner and "Fum, Fum, Fum" by Howard

Helvey, and Barbra Streisand's version of "Jingle Bells" arranged by Mark Hayes, will also be performed.

The RCC Youth Choir will sing Lee Kjelson's "Wind Through the Olive Trees" and Daniel Kantor's "Night of Silence," as well as traditional favorites "Here We Come-A-Caroling," arranged by Joyce Eilers, "I Saw Three Ships," arranged by Mary Lighthoot, and "Silent Night."

The Ensemble Singers will present Dominic Argento's "Gloria" from the opera "Masque of Angels," Shawn Kirchner's uplifting arrangement of "One Sweet Little Baby," the traditional "Where Shepherd Lately Knelt" by Kyle Haugen and

Hoelscher's update to the traditional Irish carol, "Wexford Carol."

The Christmas Choir and the Ensemble Singers will join together for "A Carol Fantasy" by John Alexander, Elaine Hagenberg's version of the famed English carol, "Sussex Carol" and the soaring "Festival First Nowell" arranged by Dan

Forrest.

Local instrumentalists will join the vocalists for a number of the selections.

The Chorale and the Ensemble Singers are under the direction of The Chorale's Artistic Director, Andrew Haase. Erin Maher will direct the Youth Choir. Jodell Krause will be the accompanist for the Chorale and the Ensemble Singers and

Susan Whitten will accompany the Youth Choir.

Additional information on the River City Chorale can be found on its website.

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