Christmas in New England IV

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The sounds of Christmas music—in August???!

Published November 1, 2013

The Herald

That’s when it all began at the first rehearsals for Christmas in New England IV.

It’s been a few years since Christmas in New England III. The community chorus has been revived under the sponsorship of FACE of New England, an organization that organized to Promote Fine Arts, Culture and Events in the southwest corner of the state.

Since rehearsals began, a core group of singers has emerged, representing communities across the southwest. Singers from Hettinger, Dickinson, Regent Bowman, and New England and the countryside around have gathered and are polishing the songs of the season.

Performances are scheduled for Nov 22, 23, 24, the weekend before Thanksgiving. “We time it so that our concert can be the start to your holiday season,” says Nancy Belland, one of the organizers of the event. “There’s some sacred and contemplative music, and some fun numbers that celebrate the season. We hope we give you a range of tunes to leave you humming!”


Christmas in New England is a community effort in many ways. Committees form to handle everything from ushering and taking tickets to decorating the paths to the church with luminaries. St Mary’s Church in New England is a beautiful venue, with a sound carrying capacity. The sights and sounds of Christmas are complimented by the homemade cookies and beverages served afterwards.


“ We are planning a concert of about an hour and a half of music, and time for community fellowship after that” says Toni Jung, another organizer. The celebration includes a dance duo, children’s chorus and a Living Nativity.


It’s a great time to get out that Christmas sweater and visit with friends and neighbors after the concert. Join us for the sounds smells tastes laughter and joy of Christmas. It will start your holidays out right!


Tickets are available at Jacobsen’s music in Dickinson, New England Public School, Dakota West Credit Union, American State Bank, and from choir members.



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