Holiday Magic

The Sun Prairie Area Chorus, shown here performing at last year’s concert, and the Sun Prairie Area Community Band will perform Dec. 9 for their annual Holiday Magic Concert.

The sounds of the season will come together in instruments and vocals at the annual Holiday Magic Concert Dec. 9.

At the concert, the Sun Prairie Area Chorus and Sun Prairie Area Community Band will each perform a selection of pieces, ending the night with a joint performance that will encourage the audience to sing along.

“It’s a great mixture of two local arts organizations coming together to perform some great holiday music for the community,” said Sun Prairie Area Chorus director Matt Starika-Jolivet.

For the chorus’ part, Starika-Jolivet said the music will be a mixture of joyful and spiritual songs, all focused on the meaning of Christmas.

“In an ironic way, it kind of packages everything in a pretty bow of what this time of year is really about,” he said.

One song, “Stars I Shall Find” by David Dickau, paints a picture of peace and serenity during the holidays, Starika-Jolivet said. On the other hand, “Sparklejollytwinklejingley” – a song from the Broadway musical “Elf” based on the motion picture – is a lighthearted, showy piece that’s fun to sing and hear.

A modern-style madrigal arrangement that the choir will perform, called “Heaven Everywhere,” incorporates both international flair and traditional carols.

“It speaks of being selfless and thinking of others during this time of year, and what the true spirit of Christmas is about, which is always a nice message to perform,” Starika-Jolivet said.

The band will perform a seasonal variety of music, much of which will be familiar to the audience, said Sun Prairie Area Community Band Director Doug Terhune. Those familiar tunes, such as “The First Noel”, “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World” will be presented in a different setting than normal, though.

“A lot of times you hear carols only sung,” Terhune said. “Well, these are arrangements where they’re played.”

Additionally, the band will perform a piece composed by one of its own – Daniel Seibel’s “Da Pacem Domine: March and Chant of the Knights Templar.”

“There’s going to be a lot of fun music to listen to,” Terhune said.

The Holiday Magic concert is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 9 from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Sun Prairie Performing Arts Center, 888 Grove St. The show is free and open to the public.

The Sun Prairie Area Chorus will also hold a second performance at a new location: Oakwood Village West, 6205 Mineral Point Road, with the show scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. Starika-Jolivet said that due to construction at the location where the chorus normally sings, Oakwood Village East, the group will be “going on tour” to the west location for a second performance of its Christmas concert.

Residents from Oakwood Village East will be bussed to the west location for the show, Starika-Jolivet added.

“It keeps the relationship that we have with Oakwood alive while they’re under construction, but then it also expands our audience a little bit, going further into the Madison community,” Starika-Jolivet said.

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