DeKalb Festival Chorus plans Dec. 16 concert

DeKalb Festival Chorus “Hodie, Hallelujah!” concert posterMembers of the DeKalb Festival Chorus will perform their holiday concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16.

The concert will take place at Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. John, 26555 Brickville Road in Sycamore. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.

The concert features beautiful works by J.S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Ola Gjielo and Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck; dramatic works with percussion, including the Nigerian carol “Betelehemu;” and music from the American shape-note, Appalachian and gospel quartet traditions.

Also on the program are a rocking arrangement of the Chanukah song “S’vivon,” the wartime classic “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and a world premiere by conductor Seth Houston.

In addition to the choir, the concert features soprano Moonja Jeong, organist Jim Nerstheimer, pianist Abigail Mooge and a percussion ensemble.

Sponsors are the NIU Community School of the Arts and WNIU. For more information, email

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