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‘Sparklejollytwinklejingley!’: ...and other Christmas songs being featured at school concerts

Christmas is coming early to the Perham Center for the Arts, with Perham schools presenting their choir concerts next week.

Students in grades kindergarten through 12 will perform in two separate concerts on Dec. 15 and 16, both starting at 7 p.m.

These concerts will be the debut of the Heart of the Lakes Elementary Honors Choir, said music specialist Erin Gaffaney, who directs the group.

“This is the first time we’ve had anything of the sort in Perham, or so I have been told by veteran teachers, so the students are really excited,” Gaffaney said of the youngest singers.

The elementary honors choir will sing “Lullaby, Suo Gan” and “Sparklejollytwinklejingley” from the Broadway musical Elf.

Prairie Wind Middle School students will sing “Noel,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” and “A Christmas Alleluia.”

Combinations of high school students will perform “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “Break Forth O Beauteous Heavenly Light” and more.

For the finale, the choirs will combine to sing “Joy to the World” and “Peace, Peace.”

“‘Peace, Peace’ is our traditional ending,” said high school choir director Kevin Kosiak.

Both finale songs are audience participation numbers, “so those attending the concert will get to listen to some great music and also help us perform some wonderful, traditional Christmas music.”

 Kosiak said the Perham Center for the Arts provides an improved atmosphere for concerts compared to the school auditorium.

Because the arts center does not seat as many people as the auditorium, tickets will be required for admittance.

“Tickets are free, we just need to make sure that we don’t exceed capacity,” said Kosiak.

Also due to the limited seating, the schools are, for the first time, offering two different concert dates, so that all people who wish to watch the show will have an opportunity to do so.

Contact Kosiak at 346-1559 or to order tickets.

The Perham Center for the Arts is located in the former St. Stanislaus Church at 101 Fifth Street NE.