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Motlow music department to present holiday concerts in December

The Motlow State Community College music department is excited to present a pair of holiday concerts during the first week of December on the Moore County campus.

Both performances will be held in Eoff Hall inside Powers Auditorium. The first is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m., and the second, a matinee performance, on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. Both concerts feature Motlow students and community members. A reception will be held one hour in advance of each performance.

"Every year we try to put on a show to remember, and this year is no exception," said Dr. David Bethea, assistant professor of music at Motlow. "The choir and the band have worked very hard and are ready to entertain!"

The concerts will offer a wide array of musical styles and holiday standards, from the present to the distant past, performed by the Motlow Vocal Ensemble and the Motlow Community Band. Each performer in the Vocal Ensemble will play a vital role in the performance, with several featured in solos at various times throughout the program.

This year's production will feature two new characters, Holly-Berry Christmas Fairy, and Snowflake the Ice Fairy, who will join traditional characters Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the Grinch, and of course Santa Claus. Characters will be available prior to the performance and during intermission for photos and autographs.

Motlow student members of the vocal ensemble are: Renaecker Alexander, Shannon Barrett, Kimberly Berry, Lauren Clardy, Jasmine Damron, Constance Dodson, Alyssa Domina, Tiffany Drake, Ethan Duke, Mary Margaret Edwards, Christina Fulkerson, Mary-Elizabeth Gibbons, Suzanne Herbs, Derek Hernandez, Michael Higdon, Ryan Hill, Zachery Hughes, Trevor Ivey-Bodman, Laraina Kehrer, Elizabeth Kingery, Nathaniel Nichols, Racheal Overman, Sarah Raymond, Justin Reddekopp, Carah Rigsby, Leah Seier, Jeremy Smithson, Elizabeth Stambaugh, Alexis Stewart and Emily Yardumian.

The community band, comprised of students and several talented local musicians, features Motlow students Meagan Crawford, Ethan Duke, Justin Duke, Derek Hernandez, Michael Higdon, Ryan Hill, Braydon Holzinger, Jennifer Mills, Ryan Ocheltree, MaryAnna Patton, Patrick Phongsa, Justin Reddekopp, Ross Sloan, Jeremy Smithson, Sam Stewart and Christian Vassar.

"It's going to be a great show," exclaimed Dr. Bethea, "and we hope people will call soon to make reservations."

Reservations may be made by calling 931-393-1700 or emailing Bobbie Spratlin at bspratlin@mscc.edu. Admission is free; donations are accepted and encouraged, and will benefit the Motlow College Music Department.