Tickets are now on sale for the Spoon River College Community Chorus concert Winter Tales and Tunes.  The concert will be performed on December 1 and 2, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Canton. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased by calling 649-6260 or by email request to

“This concert will delight audiences of all ages,” said John Davis, director.  “We will continue to offer a wide variety of songs but this year we have added new musical genres and special features to the performances. The concert will also highlight a new arrangement of Hold On from the musical The Secret Garden by Richard Etter, featuring Carla Bobell as soloist.”

Chorus members include Tori Albanito, Bruce Beal, Patrick Bell, Loren Blackfelner, Carla Bobell, Gloria Bradford, Janice Dare Bruster, Bill Burkhead, Debbie Burkhead, Bob Champlin, Carol Davis, Colin Davis, Jackie Davis, Richard Etter, Jim Gage, Karen Garman, Jeanine Gaumer, Angela Hale, Bob Heppenstahl, Sherry Hilton, Susan Juliusson, Carol Kohler, Leta Krock, Lindsey Larson, Aja Lawson, Wendy Martin, Sue Maurice, Susie McMillen, Jeanette McWhorter, Trygve Meade, Janet Munson, Chad Murphy, Dave Norton, Kris Olson, Natalie Orwig, Kathy Phillips, Jo Potter Keen, Ginny Reter, Peggy Roberts, Ron Rupe, Elliyah Sale, Karen Shaw, Becky Silva, Alex Smith, Ron Smith, Sue Smith, Jean Sprecher, Jeanine Standard, John Stanko, Pat Stanko, Doris Taylor, Kenny Taylor, Michael Varnes, Melissa Walker, Tammy Weaver, JoEllyn Welch, Lauren Wilcoxen, and Pam Willison.  Featured musicians are Gretchen Fuller on piano, Tom Sandman on percussion, and Drew Ponder on bass.

A pre-show of chimes and handbells will delight audience members as they arrive.  Chime players are members of Trinity Lutheran Church and directed by Jean Sprecher.  Handbells, directed by Pat Stanko, are played by Jo Potter Keen, Dee Doubet, Trygve Meade, Natalie Orwig, Bea Meeker, Janet Munson, Debbie Burkhead, Elliyah Sale, Sue Smith, Karen Garman, Kris Olson, and Jean Sprecher.

December 2018 also marks milestone anniversaries of two enduring holiday pieces.  The classic novel A Christmas Carol marks its 175th anniversary and to celebrate the Chorus has added a theatrical element in which Mr. Charles Dickens and Ebenezer Scrooge appear. The month will also celebrate the 200th anniversary of Franz Gruber’s Silent Night.  First Christian Church will resound with all voices, choral and audience, singing the beloved carol together.

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