Concerts
December 15, 2013 • 08:45:10 a.m.

Heartland Voices to celebrate 'Christmastide' in concert

By SUBURBAN LIFE MEDIA

Heartland Voices features singers from the western suburbs. (Photo provided)

Heartland Voices, an adult choral ensemble, presents its 15th season Christmas program titled “This Christmastide: Home is Where the Heart Is.”

Concerts will be performed at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in First United Methodist Church, 216 E. Highland Ave., Elgin; and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, in Our Redeemer United Methodist Church, 1600 W. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

The 3 p.m. concert in Elgin will feature the Elgin Children’s Chorus Intermezzo/Treble Choir under the direction of Lisa Bettcher, with accompanist Reid Spears and the Dundee Middle School Bella Voce and Men’s Ensemble under the direction of Mona Roy. Their songs will include “Dona Nobis Pacem”, “Christmas Is Coming” and “Decorate the Halls”.

Heartland Voices will combine with Bella Voce and the Men’s Ensemble in “Hope for Resolution” arranged by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory. Both choirs will combine with Heartland Voices and sing “Let There Be Peace on Earth," arranged by Joel Raney. Heartland Voices will present two of Howard Helvey’s duo piano accompaniment arrangements of “Angels We Have Heard On High” and “Fum, Fum, Fum.”

The candlelight concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 will include selections accompanied by Jennifer Keller on harp, and Deb Stevenson of Downers Grove on oboe. They include Stephen Paulus’s arrangement of “How Far Is It to Bethlehem” and “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” Benjamin Britten’s “This Little Babe” and “Silent Night,” arranged by Matthew Culloton. Heartland Voices presentations also include works by Distler, Poulenc, Paert and John Rutter.

The middle school choral ensembles, Bella Voce and Men’s Ensemble, again join Heartland Voices and combine once again to present “Hope for Resolution.” And as it has for 15 years, Heartland Voices will conclude the evening with its signature Christmas piece: Donald Fraser’s “This Christmastide.”

Admission
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. concerts in Elgin and Schaumburg cost $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors. The 3 p.m. Saturday program costs $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and $5 for children.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.heartlandvoices.org or call Heartland Voices at 847-429-9486.


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