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Spotlight: Red Wing Singers and youth choir

Samantha Bengs / RiverTown Multimedia

The Red Wing Singers will perform their annual Christmas concert 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at the Church of St. Joseph. The theme of the program, titled "King of Kings," is that of the newborn Christ child as king.

"The carols and anthems being performed, including those in which the audience participates, refer to Jesus' kingship and, while many Christmas programs don't venture beyond the manger in Bethlehem, we have the benefit of looking back on history and knowing where Christ's kingship will lead," Director Bill Foot said in a news release.

Hence the inclusion of anthems that not only proclaim his birth but also foreshadow his crucifixion ("Wonder as I wander out under the sky, How Jesus the Savior did come for to die ... "or" When He is King, they will clothe Him in grave sheets") as well as his resurrection ("Lift up your heads O ye gates and the King of Glory will come in"), Foot explained.

The program concludes with Handel's "Hallelujah" from "Messiah."

Participants in the concert include the Red Wing Singers, of course. This community choral ensemble has been performing continually in the Red Wing area since its founding in 1962. Joining them will be a youth choir of about a dozen middle school-aged singers and a small chamber orchestra comprising of 14 string, wind and brass players. Also participating will be students from SoundStrings, a string music education program based in Red Wing using the Suzuki method of teaching.

The program is under the direction of Foot. John Albright is the piano accompanist. Jessica Penn is the SoundStrings teacher and a member of the instrumental ensemble.