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A Christmas Menagerie

The Harbor Country Singers celebrate Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021

Mark your calendars and celebrate the holiday season with the Harbor Country Singers (HCS) on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021 at 4 p.m. at Real Life Community Church, 12 E. Michigan St., Three Oaks, Mich. The free concert will feature a program of choral Christmas music and dance. Donations are welcome, and the program will be streamed on the School of American Music’s Facebook Live feed. Visit SAM’s Facebook event page for details.

This year’s concert showcases the music of John Rutter, an English composer and conductor known for the many Christmas carols he composed or arranged. “You’ll hear familiar melodies like ‘I Saw Three Ships,’” said HCS producer Pat Putnam, “as well as beautifully arranged carols you may not have heard before.”

Directed by HCS founder Cindy Dryden, the concert will combine vocals, piano, and dancers in “A Christmas Menagerie” designed to evoke the childlike wonder of Christmas. “I’m excited to invite a variety of local talent to add dimension and color to this year’s program,” said Dryden. “Our own accompanist, master pianist Maggie Martin, will share her unique, golden renditions of Christmas melodies, and dancers from Imagine Worship, a local liturgical dance company, will bring their graceful movements to the timeless ‘Still Still Still.’ By concert’s end, everyone will be a vital part of our musical menagerie!”

The concert is free, but donations are accepted, and reservations are requested. For more information, to make a donation, and to reserve a spot, please visit the events page of the School of American Music online. All current Covid-protocols will be observed.

Established in 2016, the Harbor Country Singers is an independent community chorus supported by the School of American Music and a grant from the Pokagon Fund. Founded and directed by Cindy Dryden, HCS rehearses and performs in Harbor Country for holidays and other community events. For more information, visit the School of American Music’s website.

The School of American Music provides education, performance, and audience opportunities in music and the related arts in the Southwest Michigan area. Currently engaged in raising money for The Future Fund, SAM aims to establish an endowment to guarantee its financial future. Every dollar donated to the Fund is matched by the Michiana Arts Foundation. SAM is a 501(c)(3) organization, and all contributions are tax-deductible. Donations can be made on SAM’s website.

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