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Concert band presents holiday performance

Published: Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 11:50 a.m. CST

The Kishwaukee Concert Band will present “Holiday Sounds” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, inside the Music Building on Northern Illinois University’s DeKalb campus.

The concert will be conducted by Dave Lehman and Gene VandenBosch, and is sponsored by Millie Sullaver in memory of her sister, Joan. The band is also supported by the DeKalb County Community Foundation and the Mary E. Stevens Concert and Lecture Fund.

The newly-formed French horn quartet, Caccia Horns, will make its debut at the concert. They will be featured on the selection “Holiday for Horns” by Jack Jarret.  Members of the quartet are Bonnie Anderson, Kristine Mutchler, Mark Robinson and Gail Schumacher. Anderson and Schumacher are also members of the concert band.

Five members of the Westminster Presbyterian Church Joy Ringers Handbell Choir will accompany the band on “In the Bleak Midwinter” and “Auld Lang Syne.” Those ringers are Karl Roseberg, Cindy Dugan, Brenda Lehan, Nancy Whitmore and Elli McLaughlin – McLaughlin also is a member of the band.

Denny Vaupel will direct “Christmas Time is Here” from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Other music on the program includes the Mannheim Steamroller version of “Deck the Halls;” “Three Moods of Hanukkah,” an arrangement of three well-known tunes by Lennie Niehaus; “C’est Noel!;” “March of the Cute Little Wood Sprites;” and “A Vaughn Williams Christmas,” featuring “Forest Green,” “Wassail Song” and “Sussex Carol.”

The concert would not be complete without an audience sing-along. Selections include “Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town,” “Silver Bells,”  “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

The concert is free and handicapped-accessible. In the event of bad weather, cancelation will be announced on local radio.

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