Heartland Voices to present holiday concerts
Heartland Voices, an Elgin-based adult choral ensemble, continues its 14th concert season by presenting "Home is Where the Heart Is" holiday concerts.
On Saturday, Dec. 8, the family concert, featuring the Elgin Children's Chorus Treble/Intermezzo Choir, under the direction of Lisa Bettcher and accompanist Reid Spears, will be at 3 p.m.
The children will present a French carol, "He is Born," and a "Hanukkah Dance" in addition to combining with the women of Heartland Voices singing "Do You Hear What I Hear."
The Heartland Voices portion of the concert, conducted by John G. Slawson with accompanist Paul Satre, will include selections by Andre Thomas, Francisco Nunez, Donald McCullough and Moses Hogan.
The 7:30 p.m. Candlelight Concert will feature the Elgin Children's Chorus Concert Choir under the direction of Jay Kellner. This young choral ensemble will sing such pieces as "Silent Night" arranged by Franklin; "Christmastime is Here" by Vince Guaraldi; "All is Well" by Michael Smith and Wayne Kirkpartick; and "The Kalanta of the New Year," arranged by Malcolm Dalglish.
Heartland Voices will adorn the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church with works by Bob Chilcott, Morten Lauridsen and Moses Hogan, including "O Magnum Mysterium, "Go Tell It on the Mountain" and "Glory, Glory, Glory to the Newborn King."
Both choirs will combine singing several selections, including "African Alleluia" and "Hope for Resolution." Heartland Voices will conclude the concert with their signature work, Donald Fraser's "This Christmastide."
At 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, they present "Home is Where the Heart Is" featuring the St. Marcelline Sanctuary Choir and Schola Cantorum, under the direction of Marc Alan Brunelle, as guests of Heartland Voices.
Musical works will include pieces by Morten Lauridsen, Hugo Distler, Matthew Culloton, and William Mathias. Heartland Voices and St. Marcelline with join forces in Robert Scholz's "See Amid the Winter Snows" and Donald McCullough's arrangement of "Go Tell It on the Mountain."
Both Dec. 8 concerts are in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, 216 E. Highland Ave. in Elgin. The Dec. 16 performance is being presented in the sanctuary of St. Marcelline Catholic Church, 822 S. Springinsguth Road in Schaumburg.
For information or to purchase tickets, visit www.heartlandvoices.org or call Heartland Voices at (847) 429-9486.