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Choirs, bands play Holiday Concert twice

Southwestern Michigan College Department of Visual and Performing Arts’ annual gift to the community, the Holiday Concert, took place Saturday, Dec. 15. Twice.

The concert featured the Women’s Ensemble, Select Voices, a Flute Choir of Samantha Dhoore, Randall Draper and Christina Gibson, Jazz Ensemble, Men’s Ensemble, a duet of soprano Lauren Smith and mezzo Jessica Flagel, Concert Choir, Symphonic Band and a jazz pairing of Kenneth Creameans, bass, and Glenn McFarland, saxophone.

The Women’s Ensemble featured solos by Camille Van Diem, Keely Williamson and Sara Porter.

Soloists for the Jazz Ensemble included William Voit, clarinet; Samantha Dhoore, flute and alto saxophone; Michael Davis, guitar; Glenn McFarland, alto and soprano saxophone; Alec Overmyer, alto saxophone; Madison Marsh, trombone; Kenneth Creameans, bass; and Benjamin VanRoekel, baritone saxophone.

The audience was invited to sing along with the combined choirs and Symphonic Band for the traditional finale of Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival,” during which it “snows” in the theatre of the Dale A. Lyons Building.