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Giving voice to the season

FD?Choral Society concert is Dec. 18

December 10, 2011
By KATHLEEN KOCH, Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

The Fort Dodge Choral Society will sing some of the world's best-known Christmas songs in concert Dec. 18 at First United Methodist Church, 127 N. 10th St.

Conductor Bruce Perry, who is the group's eighth conductor and is in his 19th season with the group, said this year the focus is on some of the most familiar holiday music.

"We do a Christmas concert each year as a part of our four-concert season," Perry said. "Although each celebrates Christmas with wonderful music, the format changes from year to year. Some years we have done Handel's 'Messiah' or another major work; some years, we focus on arrangements of traditional carols."

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-Messenger photo by Kathleen Koch
Bruce Perry, conductor of the Fort Dodge Choral Society, leads the singers through Christmas songs for the concert, Christmas Memories, during a practice at Grace Lutheran Church. The concert will be held at First United Methodist Church.

This season's concert will center on songs such as "We Three Kings," "O Little Town of Bethlehem," "Away in a Manger," "Silent Night," and "O Come, All Ye Faithful."

The Choral Society unites 40 to 50 singers from eight area counties. It includes a range of talented singers, including students who have performed in college choirs, some of whom are music majors. It also includes vocalists who have pursued other careers, but for whom singing is a passion.

One of those singers, Alan Yungclas, of Webster City, is a farmer and leading member of the Webster City Community Theater troupe, as well as a Choral Society member.

Fact Box

If you go:

What: Fort Dodge Choral Society concert

When: 2 p.m. Dec. 18

Where: First United Methodist Church, 127 N. 10th St.

Cost: $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and free for students.

"I enjoy the singing and performing for the audience, (to) bring them joy during the Christmas holiday season," said Yungclas. "My wife Karin and I also enjoy singing with the Fort Dodge Choral Society; it is like having a whole other family to be a part of and it is great."

Tickets for the Fort Dodge Choral Society Christmas Memories concert will be available at the door of First United Methodist Church. Adult admission is $10; senior citizens, $9; and student admission is free.

The concert begins at 3 p.m. Prior to that, there will be a reception with refreshments at 2 p.m. and a Christmas carol sing-a-long at 2:30 p.m.

Contact Kathleen Koch at (515) 573-2141 or



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