Community Chorale to present ‘O Holy Night’ Dec. 2

The St. Francis Community Chorale will present a Christmas Concert, “O Holy Night,” Sunday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m., in Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Francis Convent, Little Falls.

Dr. Hillary Vermillion, left, voice instructor and her student, Jaylene Newman, during a voice lesson at St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls.

The Chorale will present Christmas music of various styles. Selections include: “Emmanuel,” “The First Noel/Pachelbel’s Canon,” “O Holy Night,” “Sing a Song of Merry Christmas,” “We Need a Little Christmas/Mister Santa,” and much more. There will also be opportunities for the audience to join in and sing along.

A special treat for this concert will be “Some Children See Him” featuring Jaylene (J.J.) Newman as the soloist. She has been studying voice at St. Francis Music Center for the past two years under Dorothy Koopmann and Dr. Hillary Vermillion. Newman is a student at Lindbergh Elementary and is the 7-year-old daughter of Julie and Nick Newman. Her grandma, Muggs Newman, brings her faithfully to lessons each week.

Also featured at this concert will be Brothers in Harmony, a men’s singing group from St. Francis Music Center. This group is under the direction of Kathy Pederson.

The St. Francis Community Chorale is the culmination of a dream of St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls, to create a community choir open to all teens and adults who love to sing together. The chorale meets Thursday evenings to rehearse and is open to all. Under the direction of Barb Stumpf the chorale has steadily grown and more are welcome to join after the concert.

The concert is free and open to the public. The St. Francis Community Chorale is sponsored by a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.

For more information, call St. Francis Music Center at (320) 632-0637.