Three Upcoming Christmas Concerts at Dordt College, December 8, 10, and 15

Choral Ensembles, Chorale Service of Lessons and Carols, and Instrumental Ensembles

Sioux Center, Iowa: Dordt College will host three Christmas concerts in December. All concerts are free and open to the public. The concerts are:

Choral Ensembles Christmas Concert: Friday, December 8, 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium

This concert, conducted by Dordt choir director Ryan Smit, will feature Bella Voce, Kantore, and the Concert Choir. Bella Voce will perform a variety of music, including pieces for choir, oboe, piano, and handbells, and the holiday classic “Winter Wonderland.” Kantorei’s set will include two Alfred Burt carols as well as “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and the Pentatonix rendition of “Carol of the Bells.”  The Concert Choir will perform Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest: an extended work composed of 11 Hispanic Christmas songs, featuring choir, harp, guitar, and marimba.

Chorale Service of Lessons and Carols: Sunday, December 10, 8:00 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium

Lessons and Carols is a worship service which commemorates the Christmas story through a series of Scripture readings, carols sung by the Chorale, and hymns for congregation and choir. The music participants will include the Dordt College Chorale, organ, brass, harp, and percussion. Dordt faculty members will read the Scripture passages.

Instrumental Ensembles Concert: Friday, December 15, 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium

All three of Dordt’s large instrumental ensembles will perform a variety of seasonal works, along with traditional repertoire. Highlights include:

  • The Campus-Community Band will perform Gillingham’s “The Echo Never Fades,” with Shelli Rens on alto saxophone and Evan Schroeder on piano.
  • The Chamber Orchestra will perform Vivaldi’s Concerto for Piccolo and Strings in C Major, featuring Jenna Veenstra on piccolo.
  • The Concert Band will perform “Noel” from Chadwick’s Symphonic Sketches, featuring Maggie Burgsma on harp.
  • The Jazz Band will perform the following songs: “I Get a Kick Out of You,” (Cole Porter, arr. Kris Berg), “St. Thomas” (Sonny Rollins, arr. Mike Lewis), “St. Louis Blues” (W.C. Handy/John Denton), “Georgia on My Mind” (Hoagy Carmichael, arr. Jerry Nowak), and “Birdland” (arr. Peter Connell).