McSweeny’s presents its annual Winter Recitals

“Baby It’s Cold Outside” is the theme this year during the winter voice recital, presented by McSweeny’s School of Performing Arts.

Approximately 80 musicians will be involved in four public recitals to be presented during the month of December encompassing many area schools and communities including Badger, Fort Dodge, Gilmore City, Gowrie, Humboldt, Manson, Pomeroy, Somers and Webster City.

The voice recital will kick off the Winter Recitals and will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at McSweeny’s School of Performing Arts, 1633 N. 29th St.

The recital will feature vocal soloists, a vocal duet, and the Fort Dodge Area Children’s Chorus, all voice students of MaryAnn McSweeny-Buhr.

Providing piano accompaniments for the recital will be Michelle Havlik-Jergens, of Webster City.

The performance will include various genres of music including folk songs in English, Italian art songs, songs performed in French, Spanish and Latin, musical theater, pop, traditional Christmas, as well as Disney classics sung by students ranging in age from 5 to 18.

The Fort Dodge Area Children’s Chorus, a performance group of singers primarily in first through seventh grades, will be singing “Alouette”, a French-Canadian folk song, “Hey! Ho! Nobody Home!”, a traditional English folk song, “Little Star”, a partner song with “The First Noel” and “Mi Burrito Sabanero,” a Latin-American Christmas song.

A vocal duet, “Baby It’s Cold Outside”will be performed by Maren Borer and Joey Kelley.

Recital soloists will be Borer, Joey Kelley, Ashton Acree, Ian Almos, Tristan Isaacson, Zuri Roe, Ava Sells, Maggie Strickland, Dari Cook, Hannah Lukehart, Taryn McKimmey, Hannah Reynoso, and Kyra McKee.

“The bi-annual recitals give students an opportunity to demonstrate their progress and quest for musical excellence,” McSweeny-Buhr said. ”Some performers are veterans to the stage and some will be performing for the very first time, so advance preparation is absolutely essential to achieve a successful performance.”

At 1:30 p.m. Dec. 17, piano students of Mavis Chen will present a recital for the public.

Students range in age from four years old to adults.

“This experience gives students a chance to work on their stage presence and ultimately develop confidence. We hope to see you there,” Chen said.

Also on Dec. 17 flute students of David Klee will present their winter flute recital at 4:30 p.m.

The students range from the fifth grade through a senior in high school. They will each perform individually and at the end of the concert they will perform some Christmas music together as a flute choir.

Guests can expect to hear the students perform a variety of flute literature ranging from J. S. Bach, George Telemann, W. A. Mozart to more contemporary compositions.

The violin students of Melissa Gillette will present the last recital at 7 p.m. Dec. 22,

Students range in age from three to 19 and will perform some Christmas selections as well as works by Bach, Brahms, Handel, Mozart, and Paganini among others.

All recitals are free. The recitals will be held at McSweeny’s School of Performing Arts, 1633 N. 29th St.