The Fort Dodge Area Symphony is announcing two exciting events for Sunday, December 2.
At 3 p.m. will be "A Holiday Concert" featuring Julie Holtan, vocal soloist. Dimitar Nikolov will be the conductor. The concert will include music from two Christmas favorites: Handel's Messiah and Tschaikowski's Nutcracker Suite. The concert will close with the audience singing The Hallelujah Chorus from the Messiah with the orchestra.
The concert will be 3 p.m, Phillips Middle School Auditorium, Fort Dodge. Admission: season membership or tickets at the door, $8 adult, $6 student.
Following the concert will be the symphony's annual Holiday Yule Walk tour of four homes. The homes included are: Dr. Edward and Helen Miller 1936 -15th Avenue North; Carl and Brenda Pemble, 2770 - 25th Avenue North; Clayton and Liesl Vaughan, 604 North 13th Street; Dr. Jim and Ann Meyer, 29908 South Soldier Creek Road. Directions to three of the homes is given on the back of the Yule Walk ticket.
The walk will be from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m, with homebase at the Hawkeye Community Theater, 521 North 12th where tickets may be purchased. Refreshments are available, and rides will be available for people throughout the event to the featured homes on several Dart buses.
Tickets are $10 per person in advance or $12 the day of the walk. Tickets are now available at the following businesses in the Fort Dodge area: Rieman Music, Economy Print and Graphics, Becker Florist, Earl May Garden Center, Party Productions, Old Harvestor Gifts and Antiques, or order by mail: Yule Walk Tickets, Fort Dodge Area Symphony, P.O. Box 1291, Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501.
The snow date for the walk will be Tuesday, December 4, at 6 - 8 p.m.
Starting at 2:15 p.m. prior to each concert some special educational activities have been planned.
For the December 2 concert, the program will be geared for music students starting instruments which is usually around 5th grade.
The different instruments of the orchestra will be performing well known themes from the Nutcracker music which will be preformed on the 3 p.m. concert.
The Symphony Brass Quintet will also be performing. Symphony fun books will be distributed. The books show information about the instruments of the orchestra, web sites for kids, musical quizzes, matching instruments, and other interesting facts about music.