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Holiday Concert at the Des Moines Art Center

Singers from the Chante and Chamber ensembles of the Heartland Youth Choir will join music historian Michael Lasser at the Des Moines Art Center on Thursday, December 8, for an entertaining evening of well-loved holiday songs and the history behind them.

The show begins at 6:30 p.m. in Levitt Auditorium. The concert is free, but you still need to reserve your seat at the Art Center website.

Songs include traditional holiday tunes like Silver BellsSanta Claus Is Coming To TownI’ve Got My Love To Keep Me WarmBaby It’s Cold Outside. But also some surprises. One of the tunes Lasser requested is titled Never Marry a Girl With Cold Feet from the 1907 musical Dairymaids. Neither he nor Artistic Director Barbara Sletto could find a written score for the tune. So Barbara called on a local composer to transcribe the music from an audio version.

Four young male singers have had loads of fun rehearsing the tune. It's sure to be a memorable moment in Thursday's concert.