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Holiday shows offer variety on Heartland Chamber Chorale's area tour

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Holidays with Heartland

What: Heartland Chamber Chorale will perform three concerts of holiday music.
When and where:
•4 p.m. Sunday, Plymouth Congregational Church, 501 W. Berry St. in Fort Wayne
•7 p.m. Dec. 21, Auburn Presbyterian Church, 111 W. 12th St., Auburn
•4 p.m. Dec. 22, Cottage Event Center, 966 Locust Drive in Roanoke
Cost: $15, general admission; $5, students ages 13 and older; and free, ages 12 and younger with paying adult. For tickets, call 436-8080 or go to www.heartlandchorale.org.

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 12:01 am

The Heartland Chamber Chorale will spread its own special holiday cheer with concerts Sunday in Fort Wayne, Dec. 21 in Auburn and Dec. 22 in Roanoke.

“We try to bill it (the music) as not just typical elevator fare,” said Eric Miller, general manager of the 20-member choral group based in Fort Wayne.

The songs give you something to think about, Miller said. “A little time to remember the reason for the season.”

It's also a time when more people seem to be in the mood for carols and choral music, Miller said.

“I think the singers enjoy that,” he added.

For their mini holiday tour, the musical program will vary somewhat by location, Miller said.

For example, they will do more classical holiday music during the Fort Wayne concert because it will take place in the sanctuary of historic Plymouth Congregational Church on West Berry Street.

Songs likely to be performed there include John Jacob Niles' “I Wonder as I Wander,” William Walton's “What Cheer?” and Richard Zgodava's “Out of the Orient Crystal Skies.”

They will weave in a little more pop and jazz music at the Roanoke concert, which will take place at the Cottage Event Center. Possibilities include “We All Need a Little Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

But the chorale still will have some fun at the Plymouth concert, where they probably will perform a Consort of Christmas Carols by PDQ Bach, the fictitious “forgotten son” of the Bach family. PDQ Bach tunes scheduled include “Throw the Yule Log On, Uncle John,” “O Little Town of Hackensack” and “Good King Kong Looked Out.”

In Auburn, Heartland's singers will be joined on a few songs by the DeKalb High School choir, Miller said.

At all three concerts, Miller said about two-thirds of the music will be a cappella — voices only — and the remaining songs will be accompanied by piano.