A Classy Start to the Holidays: Muscatine Civic Chorale to Perform “A Cool Jazz Christmas”

Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlberthttps://discovermuscatine.com
Margaret Hurlbert works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

Muscatine Living

As it begins to look a lot like Christmas here in Muscatine, the Muscatine Civic Chorale invites you to join them for their upcoming concert, “A Cool Jazz Christmas.” A collaboration between the Muscatine Civic Chorale, local band the Mad Creek Mudcats, and Muscatine Community College (MCC), the concert will provide a fun evening of music designed to get everyone excited for the holidays in style.

Though “A Cool Jazz Christmas” may sound traditional, Jan Phillips, Director of the Muscatine Civic Chorale, assures audiences that it will put a spin on the season’s favorite songs. By adding a jazzy twist to songs such as, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” “Feliz Navidad,” “All I Want for Christmas is You,” a “White Christmas” medley, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” and, “Your Love Will Keep Me Warm,” along with others, Phillips promises, “a concert both singers and the audience [will] enjoy.” Utilizing several arrangements by the Muscatine Civic Chorale’s first director, Jeordano Martinez (now the director of the Naperville Community Choir in Naperville, Illinois), the music performed in “A Cool Jazz Christmas” has a history of delighting music lovers in Muscatine.

To add, “a little more spice,” to this lively concert, the Mad Creek Mudcats, a local ensemble, will accompany the Muscatine Civic Chorale and play an instrumental set on their own as well. “One of [the Mad Creek Mudcats’s] members sings with us,” shared Phillips. “I know all of their members, and it was a good fit to perform with a local group,” she added.

Phillips looks forward to partnering with them, and believes concert goers will love this combination of local sounds. “Whenever we can collaborate with musicians in Muscatine, it’s a joy. We love having them accompany us, and they love having us sing for them,” enthused Phillips.

To top off the evening’s celebration, the MCC Foundation will host a reception with light refreshments for all attendees. The reception will recognize MCC’s ninetieth anniversary, as well as the Muscatine Civic Chorale’s forty-fifth anniversary. Since the Muscatine Civic Chorale’s first director also directed the MCC choir, and because the group has always shared space (and even offers a class) at MCC, the reception provides a nice way to celebrate the two group’s combined histories and toasts their future success together.

With Christmas just over a month away, the Muscatine Civic Chorale encourages you to start getting ready for the holidays in style with them. “It will be a nice musical kickoff to the holiday season. It’s definitely a family show for kids of all ages,” Phillips emphasized.

The Muscatine Civic Chorale will perform “A Cool Jazz Christmas” on Friday, November 22nd, at 7:00 pm in the MCC Theatre in Strahan Hall. The Muscatine Civic Chorale welcomes freewill donations but does not charge ticket fees for any of its concerts. “We want [our concerts] accessible to all. We welcome donations, but we don’t want to keep people out for financial reasons.”

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