Multiple musical groups will perform copious Christmas carols at Northern State University's annual Holiday Extravaganza Concert.
The concert, which begins at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Johnson Fine Arts Center, will include light and popular holiday music to cheer your holiday season - not to mention a holiday guest or two.
The concert will be a joyful musical celebration of the Christmas season including everyone's favorite popular holiday music, said NSU director of bands Boyd Perkins. I've even heard through my sources that special guests Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus from the North Pole have accepted our invitation to make a special musical appearance. I know they're very busy this time of year, so we are just hoping they'll be able to make the trip.
The acts performing include the NSU Symphonic Band, Aberdeen University Community Symphony, NSU Concert Choir, NSU Chamber Choir and NSU voice faculty members Darci Bultema and Mike
The NSU Symphonic Band, conducted by Perkins, will present Laughing All the Way, arranged by Larry MacTaggart; Leroy Anderson's popular Sleigh Ride and Christmas Festival.
The Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony, conducted by Robert Vodnoy, will present Medley of Well-Known Carols by Arthur Harris and Polonaise from Christmas Night by Rimsky-Korsakov.
The NSU Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will present O Holy Night, arranged by Jeff Haskell; a movement from Gloria by John Rutter; Verbum caro factum est by Hans Leo Hassler; Daemon Irrepit Callidus by Gyrgy Orbn; E'en So Lord Jesus, Quickly Come by Paul Manz and Hodie Christus natus est, by Francis Poulenc.
As a finale, the Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony and the NSU Concert Choir will combine to present the Christmas Pops Sing-Along by Lee Norris.
Admission is $5 for seniors, $7 for adults and free to university students and school-age children. Tickets are available at the door.