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OJC Press Release ID: 2975

Thursday, December 5, 2019

OJC Community Choir to Present “Sing We Now of Christmas” Dec. 9


By Judy Hensley, OJC Choir and retired faculty member.

The OJC Student and Community Choir, under the direction of Dean Rees, will present a free Christmas concert in the Ed Stafford Theatre at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9.

The program will include nearly 40 Christmas songs, arranged in four-part harmony. Most come from the Harry Simeone Chorale’s “Sing We Now of Christmas,” a medley of such old favorites as “Joy to the World,” “Away in a Manger,” “Deck the Halls,” “We Three Kings,” “The First Noel,” and “Silent Night.” Simeone was an American composer, arranger and conductor.

A solo and two duets will be spotlighted at this concert. Local pianist, Weston Buhr, who will perform his own concert later this month, will play “Lord of Lords” medley. Choir Director Rees will perform on piano and OJC Music Instructor James Lind will perform on trumpet playing “Christmas Angels.” Soprano Katie Lagergren and Kathryn Gates, a graduate of DU’s Lamont School of Music, will sing “Emmanuel Come.”

The highlight of Monday night’s concert will be the world premier of two pieces arranged and written by two members of the OJC choir. “Angelic Voices” was arranged by Dianne Brown, following a suggestion by her fiance, Joey Condon, that she combine three songs about angels: “Angels from the Realms of Glory,” “Angels we Have Heard on High,” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.” Alto Emily Bateman composed the music for “This Child,” a poem written by Jacob Young to celebrate the coming of Christ. She met Young when both were students at the University of Oklahoma. Upon the request of Mr. Rees, she arranged the hymn for soprano, alto, tenor and bass singers with piano accompaniment.

The choir will be accompanied by piano, bass, drums, and a brass ensemble made up of trumpet players from the Pueblo Symphony and trombone players from the University of Southern Colorado. Bells, tone chimes and a few unusual instruments will also take part.

There is no admission charge for the concert. Poinsettia plants which decorate the Humanities Center lobby will be available for sale at $20 each following the concert. The poinsettia sale is a fundraiser to support the OJC Choir, the OJC Art Club, and the Southeast Colorado Creative Partnership (SECCP).

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Dean Rees, director of the OJC Student and Community Choir, invites all to “Sing We Now of Christmas” in the Ed Stafford Theatre on Monday, Dec. 9 at 7:00 p.m.