"Home for the Holidays" concert Dec. 6th-7th

by Josh Sandin
Posted on 12/4/2012


Iowa Central Music Department, in cooperation with the Visual Arts Department, will once again bring the holiday season into the Decker Auditorium with the annual free Holiday Concert on Dec. 6 and 7. This year’s show it titled “Home for the Holidays.” Show times are at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 6th and at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7. 

As is tradition with the Iowa Central concert, the show will open with the Concert Band, under the direction of Paul Bloomquist. This year the Concert Band will open with a tune featuring the Percussion Ensemble, entitled “Stormbreak” by Jim Casella. The Percussion Ensemble will be directed by Jeremy Smith. The band will also take us down memory lane with “A Christmas Festival”, by Leroy Anderson. This medley includes five holiday classics: “Joy to the World”, “Deck the Halls”, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, “Silent Night” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”. Paul Bloomquist, Director of Instrumental Activities, is certainly ready for this concert, The Concert Band will close out their section with the Alfred Reed arrangement of “Greensleeves” followed by “Auld Lang Syne”, an arrangement written by Fort Dodge famous band leader Karl L. King.

For the second time this semester, string players from the Fort Dodge Area Symphony will be accompanying the Concert Choir. Under the direction of Kathleen Schreier, accompanied by Mary Heimbruch on piano, the Concert Choir will perform “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates” from G.F. Handel’s Messiah. Two classic holiday tunes made it into the choir this year, both arrangements by Dan Forest, the choir will perform “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and “The First Noel”.  To bring the Concert Choir to an end the audience will be treated to the song “Go Light Your World” with a trio performance by Emily Garst, Jade Green and Michael Richardson.

The Encore Singers will open up the second half of the concert in a style reminiscent of an Andy Williams Christmas Special. With choreography by assistant dance coach Jamie Johnston, the Encore Singers will present “A Christmas Medley.” Tunes inside this medley will bring back many memories for the audience member, including: “Sleigh Ride”, “Silver Bells”, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”, Chestnuts Roasting on the Open Fire”, ”Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”,  “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Happy Holidays”.

The Jazz Band will close out the concert with some much needed holiday jazz. Kicking off the jazz set will be “The First Noel”, followed by “Cheesecake” and “It’s Only a Paper Moon”. Michael Richardson will be soloing on bass trombone and vocals for “It’s Only a Paper Moon”. We will swing into a Billie Holiday song entitled “God Bless’ the Child” before they bring the concert to the end with Stephen Butterfield and Kirby Ommen soloing on baritone saxophones on “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”

The concert will also feature two of our other ensembles, Brass Ensemble and Vocal Jazz. Vocal Jazz will perform two songs; “The Holiday Season” and “Dream with the Angels.” The lovely voices of the Vocal Jazz women will bring a great rendition of the classic “Ave Maria.”

Following the Friday evening concert Dr. Dan Kinney, President of Iowa Central Community College, will be hosting the annual Holiday Reception. All audience members are invited to attend the reception