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Singers to soothe the holiday-weary soul

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 12:56 p.m. CDT

Members of the Iowa Youth Chorus’ Concert Choir, Chorale and Chamber Singers will perform a candlelight holiday concert filled with joyful seasonal music at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Temple for Performing Arts, 1011 Locust St. in Des Moines.

The grand hall will resound with a wide variety of secular and religious music befitting the intimacy of the hall.

“Typically, the mood of this concert is so serene and soothing, the audience doesn’t even applaud between numbers. They don’t want to spoil the atmosphere,” said Tilda Brown Swanson, president of the Chorus’ Board of Directors. “We hope to repeat that serenity again this year.”

For the concert finale, the combined choirs will sing the traditional favorite, “O Holy Night.”

The choirs are led by Iowa Youth Chorus Artistic/Executive Director Kristen Stanton and assistant conductor Jim Shutt.

Tickets will be available at the door for this concert. Adult tickets are $10, and tickets for children ages 3 to 18 are $5.

The nonprofit Iowa Youth Chorus was founded in 1981 to encourage and foster a life-long love of music in children. Through classes for all ages, from early childhood through high school, the chorus inspires personal development, celebrates diversity and fosters international goodwill. As the premier youth choral organization of central Iowa, young singers come from every suburb and surrounding communities including Ankeny, Des Moines, West Des Moines, Windsor Heights, Newton and Pella.

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