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College singers close semester with Winter Concert and prepare for tour


MASON CITY – The North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) Concert Choir and NIACC Singers Winter Concert will be held in the North Iowa Community Auditorium on Friday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m. This year’s winter concert features a mixture of sacred and secular seasonal music, non-seasonal choral selections, and the “Rather Be” tour selections by the NIACC Singers.

The group’s director Jayson Ryner said, “This group has been very focused and risen to every challenge. Our list of literature is long and impressive.” Ryner added “We have a long list of staples of the collegiate choral repertoire including Hope, Faith, Life, Love by Eric Whitacre, Stars I Shall Find by David Dickau, and Let All the World in Every Corner Sing by Ralph Vaughan Williams.”

In January, NIACC Singers will travel on the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas to Jamaica, Haiti, and the Cayman Islands. The singers will perform on the ship’s main stage throughout the cruise.

Feature songs for that tour performed in this concert will include Pompeii by the Bastille, , MLK by U2, and Rather Be by Clean Bandit. Choreography for the performance was created by Tom Gerking and within the group itself.

Seasonal flavor songs will compose the third portion of the concert. “The Singers Women will be singing and dancing to All I Want for Christmas is You and we will again sing our traditional Sending You a Little Christmas with dedication to our military personnel,” Ryner said. “We also have more holiday selections to round out the concert.”

“The activities within the choral program are designed to give students a small private college vocal experience. By traveling to sing with other schools, using international travel, and community performances the students get a broad experience.”

The Concert Choir and NIACC Singers have been active this semester by performing within the community at Trinity Lutheran Church, First United Methodist Church, Luther College, and singing the National Anthem at sporting events. This is the last opportunity for the community to see the group this semester.

General admission tickets for the December 4 concert are available by calling the NIACC Box office at 641-422-4188 and may also be purchased at the door. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for students.

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