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Ben Rodgers, Forum Communications, Published December 12 2012

Lorie Line returns to Fargo for annual Holiday Extravaganza

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Christmas is less than a month away and for many music enthusiasts in the area that means Lorie Line and her Holiday Extravaganza are right around the corner.

Tis the season – and like years past Line has a totally new show coming Sunday to Fargo.

“New music, new theme, new bell, new set, new costumes, each year it’s all new,” Line said last week from Oconomowoc, Wis., before a sound check. “It’s always a challenge to come up with new music – that’s the thing. I’ve been doing it for 23 years.”

This year Line picked “Immanuel” for her theme, which means “God is with us.”

“With the uncertain times right now we need God in our lives,” she said.

The piano player/composer had to outdo last year’s main song, “O Holy Night,” so she decided to arrange a new piece, “O Come, O Come Immanuel.”

“I just really wanted to do something special with that arrangement, a one-of-a-kind arrangement,” she said.

The set, decorations and costumes are also all new, except a dress she wore on tour 11 years ago. She called it a “cool Audrey Hepburn dress” with “classic appeal.”

For the past 23 years Line, her band, her husband/manager, an assistant, a lighting person and sound technician have roamed the Midwest in a bus followed by a semi-truck packed to the brim, playing Christmas-themed shows for thousands of fans every year.

She has trouble recalling the last Christmas tree she has put up and decorated with her children. They usually have celebrated around Thanksgiving.

But traveling and creating Christmas memories for thousands of people each year are enough of a holiday reward.

“If I had a choice whether or not to stay home and decorate the tree or be on the road making music, I’d definitely by out there making music,” Line said.

Over the years she has received letters from fans expressing how much her music has played a role in other people’s Christmas season. That, she said, is what keeps her going year after year.

If you go

What: Lorie Line

When: 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: Festival Concert Hall at North Dakota State University, 12th Avenue North and Bolley Drive

Info: Tickets are $48. Purchase at the NDSU Fine Arts Office, by calling (701) 231-7969 or by visiting http://tickets.ndsu.nodak.edu.