“A Night at the Opera”

Northwestern College’s 24-member Heritage Singers chamber choir will perform “A Night at the Opera” on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25 and 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the England Proscenium Theatre of the DeWitt Theatre Arts Center.

Admission is free, but tickets are required and should be reserved with Nora Verburg at the music office, 712-707-7062. Order tickets early to obtain the best seats.

The hourlong comedy opens with the death of a wealthy landowner whose relatives have gathered in anticipation of their inheritance, only to learn that all the money has been willed to a local charity.

“The bulk of the opera tells of the relatives’ scheming attempts to change the will to their own advantage,” says Dr. Thomas Holm, professor of music and director of the Heritage Singers. “Themes of love, greed, hypocrisy, deception and justice intersect as the story unfolds, calling on the audience to embrace the idea that ‘the end justifies the means.’”

Holm says there’s much humor in the satirical comedic opera as the flaws of humanity are depicted in an exaggerated way. “The audience can both identify with and be repulsed by the characters. It’s an engaging story that portrays human character traits we can all relate to,” he says.

April Hubbard, instructor in theatre, is directing the opera.

“Striped Sounds” Art Exhibit

“Striped Sounds,” an art exhibit by Shannon Sargent of Sioux City, will be on display in Northwestern College’s Te Paske Gallery Jan. 8 through Feb. 15. A public reception with the artist is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m.

Sargent’s show is an interactive installation of mixed media containing manipulated materials such as paintings, sculptures and found objects.

Sargent is the exhibitions/collections coordinator for the Sioux City Art Center, where he maintains the permanent collection and installs the exhibitions. He also serves as an adjunct professor and curator at Morningside College, teaching sculpture and managing the galleries. He graduated from Morningside with a bachelor’s degree in art and then earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of South Dakota.

Sargent produces and shows his work in the region. His art is part of collections in six states, and he is a frequent juror for art exhibits and a former artist-in-residence for both the Sioux City Art Center and the University of Texas Permian Basin.

Northwestern’s Te Paske Gallery is located in the Thea G. Korver Visual Arts Center, on Highway 10 at 214 8th Street SW in Orange City. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Northwestern College to Present Christmas Vespers

The Northwestern College music department will present its annual Christmas Vespers concert on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. in Christ Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

This year’s Vespers is focused on Christ’s coming, his challenge to us, and our response. The event will include performances by numerous musical ensembles and soloists as well as the Drama Ministries Ensemble.

Dr. Thomas Holm, chair of Northwestern’s music department, says the central inspiration for the program is the Taiwanese Christmas hymn titled “The Hunger Carol.” “Its four verses progress from the idea that the baby was born in poverty, knows what it means to have little or nothing, has provided the bread of life that is needed by all humankind, and that, if we simply enjoy the benefits of our own bread and don’t care about the needs around us, we are essentially crucifying Christ again on a Christmas tree.”

The A cappella Choir, under Holm’s direction, will perform that carol in Taiwanese as part of the concert. The ensemble will also sing “I Wonder as I Wander,” arranged by John Rutter; “Mary, Did You Know?” arranged by Craig Courtney; “Sweetest Music, Softly Stealing” by Elaine Hagenberg; and “Kyrie” by Ugis Praulins, among several other works.

The event will also include performances by the Brass Ensemble, Women’s Choir and Chamber Orchestra.

The Women’s Choir’s repertoire will include John Englert’s “Veni, Veni Emmanuel” and “How Great Our Joy” by Courtney. The Chamber Orchestra will play “Carol of the Bells”/“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” arranged by Matt Riley, and “Fantasia on Greensleeves” by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The concert will also include organ solos by MaryLou Wielenga, Northwestern’s organ instructor, as well as opportunities for the audience to sing carols along with the choirs, orchestra and organ.

Northwestern College to Present Christmas Vespers

The Northwestern College music department will present its annual Christmas Vespers concert on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. in Christ Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

This year’s Vespers is focused on Christ’s coming, his challenge to us, and our response. The event will include performances by numerous musical ensembles and soloists as well as the Drama Ministries Ensemble.

Dr. Thomas Holm, chair of Northwestern’s music department, says the central inspiration for the program is the Taiwanese Christmas hymn titled “The Hunger Carol.” “Its four verses progress from the idea that the baby was born in poverty, knows what it means to have little or nothing, has provided the bread of life that is needed by all humankind, and that, if we simply enjoy the benefits of our own bread and don’t care about the needs around us, we are essentially crucifying Christ again on a Christmas tree.”

The A cappella Choir, under Holm’s direction, will perform that carol in Taiwanese as part of the concert. The ensemble will also sing “I Wonder as I Wander,” arranged by John Rutter; “Mary, Did You Know?” arranged by Craig Courtney; “Sweetest Music, Softly Stealing” by Elaine Hagenberg; and “Kyrie” by Ugis Praulins, among several other works.

The event will also include performances by the Brass Ensemble, Women’s Choir and Chamber Orchestra.

The Women’s Choir’s repertoire will include John Englert’s “Veni, Veni Emmanuel” and “How Great Our Joy” by Courtney. The Chamber Orchestra will play “Carol of the Bells”/“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” arranged by Matt Riley, and “Fantasia on Greensleeves” by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The concert will also include organ solos by MaryLou Wielenga, Northwestern’s organ instructor, as well as opportunities for the audience to sing carols along with the choirs, orchestra and organ.