Heartland Youth Choir singers will perform in three holiday concerts in four days this week in Des Moines.
Up first is the Holiday Program with Michael Lasser at the Des Moines Art Center on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Singers from both HYC's Chante and Chamber Ensembles will sing a lineup of traditional holiday tunes, with a few surprises.
The show is free, but reservations are required. Visit the Art Center website for information.
Second is the Cantilena Ensemble's date with the Canadian Brass on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Sheslow Auditorium. The show is a production of the Civic Music Association and will feature a lineup of holiday favorites. The singers will also have a chance to meet and learn from the musicians during a master class before the show. Click here for more information.
Finally, Heartland Youth Choir rounds out the busy week with their own holiday concert on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. in Sheslow Auditorium. All five performance ensembles will perform, with all 150 voices of the choir coming together on stage for an uplifting finale.
The concert features 18 holiday songs, including traditional favorites like Christmas Bells Are Ringing, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, and Baby, It's Cold Outside. In addition, the choir will perform music from around the world with songs like the Estonian carol Ule Lume Lagedale, the Russian folksong Rushing Troika, and the Hebrew classic Ma Vue.
Joining the choir is the Windsor Brass, a musical ensemble from Windsor Heights Lutheran Church. The group is composed of a mix of adults and high school students from around the Des Moines metro area. The director is Jon Lewis.