Iowa Central to host Sounds of the Season

An annual tradition of music and holiday spirit will return to Iowa Central Community College Wednesday.

The Sounds of the Season will be held from Wednesday through Friday at Decker Auditorium on Iowa Central’s campus.

Admission is free.

The concert will feature performances by Iowa Central students in the college’s music department.

Will Lopes, director of vocal music, said the community is very supportive of the concert, saying Fort Dodge exemplifies what the word “community” truly means.

The concert will feature Christmas music, as well as multimedia presentations and dances.

Lopes said in addition to some more recognizable songs, there will be international pieces including a Nigerian piece and some Latin pieces.

The Jazz Band, directed by Paul Bloomquist, will be performing as well. There will also be performances from the Concert Choir, Vocal Jazz, Encore Singers, Concert Band and Brass Ensemble.

Lopes said there will also be solos, duets and small ensembles.

But it’s not just Iowa Central that will be a part of the concert. Lopes said the college will be teaming up with local musicians, including the Secor String Quartet.

He added that there will be a few surprises as well.

Local elementary students will also be performing at the concert. They will be featured in a piece known as “Panis Angelicus,” composed by Lopes himself.

The 50 students come from elementary schools that include Butler, Feelhaver, Duncombe, Cooper and St. Edmond.

“We are all very excited,” Lopes said. “And for third-graders to be singing with a college choir, that has to be very exciting for them as well.”

The concert will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. and Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m.