Choral Society hosts 'Joy to the World' concert Sun.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Magical Christmas carols will fill the sanctuary of St. Paul Lutheran Church when Fort Dodge Choral Society presents "Joy to the World" at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18. Talented singers, pianist Michelle Havlik-Jergins and the brass quintet Jive for Five will celebrate the joy of the season.

The concert, under the baton of Bruce Perry, features familiar settings of "Joy to the World", "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" and "How Great our Joy". Audience members will have the opportunity to sing traditional carols such as "Silent Night," "O Come all ye Faithful" and "Angels have Heard on High." The group's annual Christmas celebration also includes compositions by Mark Hayes, Giovanni Gabrielli, Gustav Holst and Iowa composer Ben Allaway.

Guest performers Jive for Five are noted for their virtuosity and audience rapport. Trumpeter Tim Miller is director of bands at Humboldt Middle School; Dave Swaroff, trumpet, teaches instrumental music at Southeast Webster and Grand Elementary Schools; Kathy Yoakam, horn, is director of elementary bands at Humboldt Schools; trombonist Dan Cassady serves as director of bands at Iowa Central Community College; and Paul Bloomquist, tuba, is director of bands at Manson Northwest Webster High School.

In addition to combining forces with Choral Society, the quintet will perform several pieces from their new Christmas CD.

Fort Dodge Choral Society is the area's foremost groups dedicated to the performance of great vocal literature. Fine singers from Fort Dodge and surrounding communities unite voices to present four concerts each season.

Admission to the concert is by season membership or available at the door. Ticket prices are $9, $8 for senior citizens and $4 for students. For more information, visit or call 515-979-5620.