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Chamber Singers to present holiday concert

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The Chamber Singers of Southeast Iowa will present “Follow That Star,” its annual holiday concert, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church in Fairfield.
PHOTO SUBMITTED The Chamber Singers of Southeast Iowa will present “Follow That Star,” its annual holiday concert, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church in Fairfield.

The Chamber Singers of Southeast Iowa will present “Follow That Star,” its annual holiday concert, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church in Fairfield.

This year’s program spans four centuries of holiday music, including exhilarating Renaissance and Baroque masterworks by Orlando Gibbons and J. Michael Bach and breathtaking new works from famed contemporary composers such as Eric Whitacre and Ola Gjeilo. Familiar, beloved carols appear in beautiful and dynamic modern arrangements, blending the best of ancient tradition and modern renewal. Songs of winter present poetic descriptions of the splendor of the season. Song styles range from six-part polyphony to lively vocal jazz and pop arrangements, plus settings accompanied by piano, flute, cello, and percussion. The choral works will be complemented with instrumental music by an accomplished ladies’ trio.

“The Chamber Singers ring in the holidays with a wonderful mix of old and new, enlivening the richness of the spirit of the season — joy, reflection, reverence, and exhilaration,” says Elaine Reding, music director of the group. “The uplifting choral works we present in this year’s program are filled with profound meaning and lighthearted joy. We look forward to sharing these heartwarming songs with the Fairfield and Southeast Iowa community, inspiring everyone to ‘follow their star’ to inner and outer joy and fulfillment.”

A freewill offering will be collected at the door.

For more information, call 472-1539.