State Fair Community College Music Arts program invites the community to its holiday concerts at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8 in the Stauffacher Theatre on the Sedalia campus.

The Chamber Choir, Jazz Choir and Jazz Runners jazz band will perform a wide variety of secular and sacred songs of the season.

Featured will be favorites such as “Deck the Hall,” “The First Noel” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Less familiar selections including “O Magnum Mysterium,” a 20th-century original setting of a Latin text, and the spiritual “Jesus, Oh What a Wonderful Child,” will be performed. The choirs will also combine to pay tribute to the 200th anniversary of the most beloved Christmas carol ever written, “Silent Night.”

“Our students love performing holiday music, which is uplifting and guaranteed to put everyone in the Christmas spirit,” said Ron Sayer, Music Arts program coordinator and instructor. “Everyone is sure to hear songs they know and love and may even discover some delightful new music.”

Sayer directs the choirs, and Gwen Kappelman, music staff, accompanies the choirs. Dr. Kelsey Shields, adjunct instructor, directs the jazz band.

Tickets are $6 for the public and groups of 10 or more are half price. For tickets go to or call the SFCC Box Office at (660) 530-5814 Monday through Friday. Tickets may be purchased at the door two hours prior to performance time. Wheelchair seating is available upon request. Admission is free to SFCC students and employees, but they should reserve tickets at the box office.

Free noontime recitals will be presented Nov. 28 and Dec. 5 in the rehearsal room, Stauffacher Room 67. Instrumental and vocal applied music students present casual performances of works they are preparing as part of their semester coursework. The recitals, which begin promptly at 12:01 p.m., are open to the public and last 30 to 40 minutes.

Randy Kirby
Randy Kirby

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