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Two holiday concerts Dec. 16

Southwestern Michigan College’s annual holiday gift to the community — two free concerts — take place Saturday, Dec. 16, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. in the theatre of the Dale A. Lyons Building on the Dowagiac campus. Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Select Voices, Concert Choir, Men’s Ensemble, Show Choir and selected small ensembles will be featured.

“We will be doing selections from our concert with SMSO (Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra)” Dec. 9, Director of Choral Activities David Carew said.

Concert Choir performs “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” by Gustav Holst, “Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind” by John Rutter, “What Sweeter Music Can We Bring” by John Rutter and “Gloria” by Randol Bass.

Select Voices presents the traditional hymn setting “Once in Royal David’s City,” “Silver Bells” by Mack Huff and “Angels We Have Heard on High” arranged by David Cherwien.

The Men’s Ensemble concludes the choral part of the program with Franz Biebl’s “Ave Maria.”

Selections by Dr. Jonathan Korzun’s Symphonic Band include the Andy Williams holiday hit “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”; “Hennepin County Dawn” by Samuel Hazo, depicting a snow-covered Minnesota morn; “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” from the Judy Garland film Meet Me in St. Louis; music from the Tim Burton film, The Nightmare Before Christmas; and Jose Feliciano’s hit “Feliz Navidad.”

The Jazz Ensemble performs “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” both arranged by Gordon Goodwin; “Christmastime is Here” from the TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas; and “Hot Chocolate” from the holiday movie The Polar Express.

Joining the Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble will be guest vocalist Kacie Colleen Mercer.

A River Valley High School and SMC alumna, Mercer completed her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

While attending CCPA, she was featured in three different operas, “A Hand of Bridge” by Samuel Barber as Geraldine, “Captain Lovelock” by John Duke as Pernille and “The Medium” by Gian Carlo Menotti as Monica.

Mercer is a student of vocal coach Dr. Shannon McGinnis and voice teacher Dr. Lynn Eustis.