OJC Choir and the IncrediBells in free concert with music written in traditional, classical, gospel, rock, and Broadway styles

OJC Choir Director Dean Rees is pleased to announce that the college choir, in conjunction with the IncrediBells, will be presenting a concert of beautiful and heart-warming holiday music for the La Junta and Arkansas Valley communities. “On Christmas Night” will be take place Monday, December 4, at 7 p.m. in the Ed Stafford Theater on the OJC campus. There is no admission charge. The OJC Choir is known for singing music in a wide variety of styles and this concert will be no different. Songs will be sung in traditional, classical, gospel, rock, and Broadway styles.

Most exciting to Mr. Rees is the participation of the IncrediBells from the First Methodist Church under the direction of Mrs. Lindy Nelson. “I find the IncrediBells to truly live up to their name. They perform music with professionalism and polish and are a joy to listen to. I am thrilled that they have agreed to both accompany the choir during the tune I Saw Three Ships and contribute two other selections of their own to the concert as well.”

Selections include: I Saw Three Ships, Silent Night, Good Ale, Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind, Jesus What a Wonderful Child, Rock ‘n’ Roll Reindeer, and Christmas on Broadway. Christmas on Broadway is a medley of Broadway hits on a Christmas theme with songs that include It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, My Favorite Things, We Need a Little Christmas, and God Bless Us Everyone.

Central to the program is a cantata composed by the noted British composer Bob Chilcott. Chilcott sang in the Choir of King’s College Cambridge as a boy and later sang with the Kings Singers for 12 years. He began composing in 1997. The cantata, entitled On Christmas Night, takes familiar carol melodies such as “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and “Once in David’s Royal City” and weaves them into newly composed music that enhances and transforms them. Typically a small group sings the familiar tune and the full choir sings the newly composed countermelodies in four part harmony. The effect is gorgeous.

Sally Kappel, the Arkansas Valley’s musical treasure, accompanies at the piano. Al Guadagnoli and Jordan Borrego accompany on bass guitar and drums respectively. James Lind will be featured on trumpet in a special selection. Dean Rees invites one and all to the concert in the spirit of the song from Broadway’s A Christmas Carol, “God Bless Us Everyone!” and hopes the concert will be a blessing to all as the holiday season begins.