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John Lamb, Published December 11 2013

Weekend Watch: Holiday concerts bring glad tidings to F-M

FARGO - Christmas is coming up fast and so are the seasonal concerts.

This weekend offers an array of Christmas music, from sacred classics to contemporary compositions and even some tropical takes on this winter weather.

The Concordia Christmas Concert is one of the oldest Yuletide traditions in town, but this year the school’s choirs are singing a little different tune. The shows were moved to the Fargo Civic Center after structural problems were discovered at Concordia’s Memorial Auditorium.

The 87th annual concert, “Before the Marvel of this Night,” should still pack the same evocative punch with more than 450 students singing and the 176-foot painted mural backdrop.

One downside to the move is a smaller space. Currently, tickets are only available for Friday night’s show, though the box offices open 90 minutes before show time in case other seats open up.

The singing starts at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $13. (888) 477-0277.

Toes will be tapping downtown Friday night, as just two blocks from the Concordia concert, the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony presents its annual Holiday Pops Concert.

Though that show will be held in the Fargo Theatre, it will conjure images of blue waters and sandy beaches as Fuego Tropical, a steel drum ensemble from Minnesota State University Moorhead, joins in for “Christmas in the Caribbean.”

The island beats start at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday with tickets from $9 to $15. (701) 478-3676.

The beach scenery will be erased in a hurry on Saturday as the Bonnie Haney Dance & Performing Company rolls in later that day for its annual production of “The Nutcracker” and holiday show.

Students will step to Tchaikovsky’s memorable numbers, like “The March” and “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.”

The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $14 for students and $25 for adults.

Just a few doors south on Broadway, at Studio 222, Jessie Veeder spins her own holiday tales in “A Winter Night Out.” The singer/songwriter (and Forum columnist) unveils a string of songs for this bleak mid-winter, a mix of Christmas tunes and other numbers on the weather. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. with a $5 cover.

Last, but certainly not least, The Master Chorale of F-M puts a sweet touch on the weekend’s holi-dazzling lineup. The troupe’s Christmas concert, “From the Dark of Night to the Light of Day,” at Concordia College’s Knutson Center Centrum, actually runs Thursday through Saturday night, but reservations for these dinner performances are already closed.

Sunday afternoon’s “dessert” concert still has a limited amount of tickets available. Doors open at

2 p.m. with music starting at 2:30. The show opens with, “Hope for Resolution,” a multi-cultural composition that employs an African song. Along with classics “Silent Night” and “In the Bleak Midwinter,” newer numbers like “Sure on this Shining Night” and “Eternal Light” by director choir director Aaron M. Zinter fill the bill.

Sweets will be served during intermission for the Sunday show. Tickets are $21.

Readers can reach Forum reporter John Lamb at (701) 241-5533