Fort Dodge Choral Society will present Christmas concert

There will be a wide array of traditional, original and classical Christmas music to be heard when the Fort Dodge Choral Society presents its 46th holiday concert Dec. 21 and 22, according to Bruce Perry, the group’s conductor.

“I like to say it is a smorgasbord of Christmas music,” said Perry. “This concert will have a good combination of classic Christmas works.”

The show, themed “Joy to the World,” will be performed Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Faith United Methodist Church, 107 Fourth St. N. in Humboldt and 3 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church, 127 N. 10th St.

Sunday’s show will feature a reception at 2 p.m. with a Christmas carol sing-along at 2:30 p.m. led by the Choral Society singers with accordion accompaniment by Cheryl Kuhlman and Beverly Poduska.

“It will be a fun way to start out the concert,” said Perry. “Anyone who wants to sing along is welcome.”

The performance will be accompanied by Michelle Havlik-Jergens on piano and will also feature songs with local brass quintet Jive for Five and the handbell choir of Faith United Methodist church in Humboldt.

Both groups will also perform their own selections throughout the concert.

Staying with the theme, the choir will perform Cathy Moklebust’s version of “Joy to the World” with the handbell choir.

“It’s very festive and the bells really add something to the music,” Perry said.

There will also be several songs by Italian composer Giovanni Gabrieli, which will feature both vocals and brass.

“Gabrieli did wonderful festive music for brass and singers, one song we will perform was designed to be performed by three different choirs,” said Perry.

The choir will also premier an original work, Christmas Bells, by composer and Iowa native Philip King.