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Terra State’s Holiday Homecoming Concerts

2012 Terra State Holiday concert

Terra State Community College and the Terra Choral Society will present their 10th annual Holiday Homecoming Festival 2013, “A Journey Home!”on Dec. 7 in Port Clinton. 

The Terra Choral Society presents its annual holiday concert featuring the vocal ensembles of Terra State: Terra Children’s Choir, State of the Art, Terra Men’s and Women’s Choruses, and special guest performers, including faculty Keith Barber (guitar), Tamara Kagy (flute) and the return of Terra music program alumnus Justin Burel (piano).

Audience goers will experience a blend of the most time-honored classics of Handel's Messiah and everyone’s holiday favorites, to the sounds of jazz and gospel music. Special highlights include the annual candlelight processional, new winter tunes by Jonathan Torrence, carol sing-a-longs, storytelling narrations, dramatic effects and a tribute to the music of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” and “Holiday Inn.”

New to this year’s program is the addition of activities the audience can participate in before, after and during the show. The audience is encouraged to wear their “Ugly Holiday Sweater,” take a picture with the family at “Photo Booth by the Fireside,” enjoy some goodies from the TCS bake sale, and even purchase a poinsettia to take home with you that night.

Terra’s Holiday Choral Festival is produced by the Terra Music Student Production Team as part of their educational training.

“It has been an exciting year working on the Holiday Homecoming shows,” said one of the festival’s student producers, Arica Pfirsch of Sandusky. “Every year, this concert provides all of the students an opportunity to take what we learn in classes and apply it in a real-world production. I can't wait to see the outcome of all this year's hard work.” 

Pfirsch is majoring in Music Business and plans to work in concert and entertainment production following graduation.

“Every year these concerts become larger with more dramatic productions, and that is a testament to the work our students are doing through their educational studies in preparing for their careers as future production managers and producers,” said Michael Shirtz, Dean of Business, Communications and the Arts and music director of the Terra Choral Society. “We are proud of them and all the students and community performers who participate in Terra choral and musical programs.” 

The Holiday Homecoming Concert tradition was founded by the Terra Choral Society in 2003.  Since then, the concerts have grown along with the Choral Society to incorporate various groups and guest performers. The 130 voices that make up the Choral Society range from high school students to adults and come from five Northwest Ohio counties. The chorus is often accompanied by the college's Chamber Arts Orchestra and collaborates annually in performances with regional arts organizations and schools.

In May, the Choral Society and Terra State Jazz Band will be performing at the Kennedy Center and Festival of the States in Washington as part of the nation's Memorial Day celebrations. The mission of Choral Society is to promote cultural enrichment through choral music, with educational and performance opportunities for college students and community singers. With this commitment, the Choral Society and Terra State support the Children’s Choir program under the leadership of interim director, Jonathan Torrence. 

The Port Clinton concert is Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. 
Port Clinton Performing Arts Center, 821 Jefferson Street. Tickets are $10 and are available through the Terra State Box Office by calling 419-559-2379, or the Terra CollegeStore, or at the door the night of the performance. New this year, audience goers may purchase their tickets online by going to www.terra.edu. Call 419-559-2379 for more information.

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