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Guests join Sac State choirs for ‘Carols’ concert


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Just as family and friends will gather for the holiday season, Sacramento State’s three choirs are getting together with some friends of their own for this year’s “Procession of Carols” concert of holiday music.

The Chamber Choir, Concert Choir and University Chorus will present three performances of this annual favorite: at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7; and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Sacred Heart Church, 39th and J streets.

Led by director Donald Kendrick, the choirs’ special guests will include a brass quintet, cello, flute and percussion in addition to the organ.

The program includes a lively, fast-moving arrangement of “Joy to the World” by Matthew Culloton, featuring Sac State flutist Caleb Hathaway. The groups also will perform “Betelehemu,” a Nigerian carol featuring choreography and percussion, and a jazz arrangement of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

The closing work features all three choirs performing “Sing, Choirs of Angels,” originally written by Michael Davis for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Canadian Brass.

“We love bringing holiday music to Sacramento each December, and Sacred Heart Church, with its superb acoustics, is the perfect setting,” Kendrick says.

Tickets are $15 general, $10 seniors and $7 students, available at the University Ticket Office, (916) 278-4323 or

For more information on Sacramento State’s choir programs, visit or call (916) 278-5191. For media assistance, call the University’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156. – Craig Koscho