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Chamber Singers of Southeast Iowa to perform Dec. 7-8

Photo courtesy of Elaine Reding

The Chamber Singers of Southeast Iowa will perform their annual holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and again on Dec. 8 at the First Presbyterian Church in Fairfield.
Photo courtesy of Elaine Reding The Chamber Singers of Southeast Iowa will perform their annual holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and again on Dec. 8 at the First Presbyterian Church in Fairfield.

The Chamber Singers of Southeast Iowa will present its annual holiday concert Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8, at 7:30 p.m. both nights, at the First Presbyterian Church in Fairfield. The church is at 200 S. Main St.

According to director Elaine Reding, this year’s show is “an inspiring array of ancient and modern choral works” called “This Shining Night.”

In addition to beautiful pieces by Renaissance and romantic masters, this year’s program features acclaimed choral works by renowned present-day composers. Arnesen, Gjeilo, Sametz, Chilcott, and Hogan take their places alongside Victoria, Hassler, and Mendelssohn in a concert program that features diverse musical styles: world music, gospel, spirituals, carols, motets, canons, and an oratorio chorus.

“The beautiful melodic lines of these works, coupled with their rhythmic variety, inspire joy, reverence, wonder, upliftment, and celebration — a rich emotional tapestry characteristic of the holiday season,” Reding said. “A talented instrumental quartet, featuring guest artists on piano, flute, percussion, and bass, will play excerpts from an exciting classical/jazz suite to complement the singing and will accompany some choral pieces. We are fortunate to be able to share these beautiful choral works with our wonderful Fairfield community. Each song enlivens a different aspect of the holiday spirit and brings the blessings of its own cultural and historical richness to singers and audiences alike. We hope everyone will join us for a very fulfilling evening of seasonal song!”

A free-will offering will be taken at the concert. For more information, call 641-919-1952.