Posted on December 11, 2012 · Posted in Featured Press, Recent News

Written by Janet Klockenga, Des Moines Register, 12/09/2012
The Iowa Youth Chorus ushers in this year’s holiday season with its Candy Cane Concert at 4 p.m. Saturday at First Christian Church, 2500 University Ave.

Nearly 200 children, ranging in age from 6 to 18, will perform in seven choirs. They will share a variety of holiday music, and the concert will include a sampling from the advanced choirs and a finale that includes all choir members.

“All our singers have practiced relentlessly to ensure this concert reaches out with uplifting messages of the season. It’s a joy to lead them through their music,” said Iowa Youth Chorus executive director Kristen Stanton.

Des Moines storyteller Maureen Korte also will be featured at the concert. Using sign language, pantomime, costumes, puppets and other techniques, Korte will tell three stories: “The Snowflake Story,” “The Felling of the Christmas Tree” and “The Season of Giving.”

“The Felling of the Christmas Tree” is interactive and includes choir members as characters.

Before the performance, a silent auction will be at 1:30 p.m. Among the auction items are a handmade quilt created from scraps of former Iowa Youth Chorus members’ uniforms and a YMCA annual membership for a family of four, valued at $950.

This year the chorus toured Italy for eight days. The choir performed for the noon Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican and for another Mass at St. Francis Basilica in Assisi. It also gave full concerts at St. Eustachio, Rome, Chiesa dello Spirito Santo, Prato, and San Giovanni Elemosinario, Venice.

The nonprofit Iowa Youth Chorus was founded in 1981. Its members come from Des Moines and suburban communities.

Tickets will be available at the door. Adult tickets cost $10; tickets for children ages 3 to 18 are $5.