B.J. Haan Auditorium during winter

B.J. Haan Auditorium is the site of a series of Christmas-theme concerts on the campus of Dordt University in Sioux Center in December.

SIOUX CENTER—The Dordt University Music Department is presenting a series of Christmas-themed concerts this holiday season.

Each of the concerts will be held in B.J. Haan Auditorium on the Dordt campus in Sioux Center. All events are free and open to the public.

Bella Voce, a women’s chorus, Canons of Dordt, a men’s chorus and the Concert Choir will perform in the Choral Ensembles Concert at 7:30 p.m. today (Friday, Dec. 6) at Dordt University’s B.J. Haan Auditorium in Sioux Center.

The choirs will explore a wide range of repertoire for Christmas to commemorate and marvel at the great mystery and wondrous gift of the birth of Christ.

Highlights include Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” for choir and harp, Christmas spirituals, works by Kim André Arnesen and a few humorous moments including “The Twelve Days After Christmas.”

The Dordt University Chorale will present “Noel! A Service of Lessons and Carols” at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.

Worship with the Chorale as they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ through song.

Lessons from Scripture will alternate with performed anthems and congregational carol singing.

The Chorale will be joined by English, theater and music faculty members, as well as an array of accompanying instruments: piano, organ, brass, strings, African drums and harp.

“Christmas Jazz Night” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10.

It will feature the 4th Avenue Singers, a jazz choir, and the 4th Avenue Band, a jazz band.

The 4th Avenue Singers will be celebrating the birth of Christ in unique and intricate ways with a cappella renditions of “Silent Night” by Pentatonix, familiar carols such as “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” approached from a jazz perspective, and songs performed in collaboration with the 4th Avenue Band.

The Dordt University Instrumental Ensembles will present their final concert of the year at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13.

The Campus-Community Band and Wind Symphony will perform music by Maslanka, Grant, Persichetti and Thomas.

The Chamber Orchestra will perform two numbers: “Troika” by Prokofiev arranged by Paul Lavendar and “We Three Kings” by Matt Tiley. “We Three Kings” features soloist Jaren Brue on cello and several Wind Symphony members for a full orchestra experience.