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NIACC Announces 2013-14 Performing Arts and Leadership Series

The 2013-14 Performing Arts and Leadership series was announced today by North Iowa Area Community College.

“Our stage is brimming this season with talent that spans the world,” said Director of NIACC Performing Arts and Leadership Series Elizabeth Gales. “While many performing arts series have been forced to cut back on the number of performances or the quality of their offerings as a result of the economy, the continued support for live performances in North Iowa allows us to continue offering top flight, quality entertainment. For that we are grateful.”
The 2013-14 season performances:

2013 Iowa Choral Directors Association Summer Symposium Public Concerts

The first three concerts listed are sponsored by the Iowa Choral Directors and are not part of the Performing Arts season ticket packages.

Prometheus: An American Vocal Consort
Prometheus is dedicated to an art form that has the power to unite, heal and enlighten. The group’s eleven members are professional singers, conductors, teachers and graduate students from all over the country. Each performance is approached with the intent to connect performers and listeners intimately to the music. The inspiration for the group’s name stems from an interest in the various facets in which fire imagery manifests itself in music. The Greek God Prometheus stole the spark of fire from Zeus and presented it to mankind. This ensemble endeavors to share the spark of their passion for music with the audience.
Monday, July 22, 2013
8:00 p.m.
$10 ($15 day of show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

Great Northern Union Chorus
Take more than 90 talented singers, a gifted musical director, a pedigree of excellence, a dedication to making a difference in the world and the result is high impact harmony. The Great Northern Union Chorus (GNU) is an internationally acclaimed, auditioned men’s a cappella chorus based in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, drawing members and audiences from throughout the Midwest. Founded in 1985, the GNU’s mission can best be described as energetic, unaccompanied vocal music that is near-flawless, passionately performed and tirelessly spread to audiences.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
8:00 p.m.
$10 ($15 – day of show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

Cantus
Acclaimed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare), Cantus is known worldwide for its trademark warmth and blend and its engaging performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st Century. The Washington Post has hailed the ensemble’s sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power” and refers to its music as “spontaneous grace.” Cantus performs more than 70 concerts each year both in national and international touring, as well as in its home of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Past performances have brought Cantus to the stages of the Kennedy Center, UCLA, San Francisco Performances, Atlanta’s Spivey Hall, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and New York’s Merkin Concert Hall, to name just a few. During the 2012-2013 season, Cantus made its first trip to the Middle East with appearances in Muscat, Oman and Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), along with performances in Chicago, Washington DC, Dallas/Fort Worth among numerous other North American engagements.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
8:00 p.m.
$10 ($15 – day of show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

Chris Mann
Proudly Presented by Dean Genth and Dr. Gary Swenson
Chris Mann is likely to be the next household name for amazing singers. He became a shining star as a finalist on the popular television show, The Voice, but his star has risen even higher since the hit show’s second season. His voice is strong, smooth and promises to capture the hearts of anyone in the audience.
His debut album, Roads, introduced a new generation to the classical-pop genre and shot straight to No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart and Top 5 on Billboard’s Classical Chart. Upon its release, he gave numerous high-profile television performances, including playing for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama as part of TNT’s Christmas In Washington. He has appeared on The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center Special. Mann also released a holiday album, Home for Christmas. To truly appreciate his talent, it’s best to watch his videos. Click on our QR code on this page to watch a variety of Mann’s video performances. You can also visit his web site to learn more and see more videos: www.chrismannmusic.com
Friday, September 20, 2013
7:30 p.m.
$30 ($35- day of the show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

Wonder Bread Years
Jerry Seinfeld says “Milk-snorting funny!” is the way to describe Wonder Bread Years, starring Pat Hazell. He should know because Seinfeld worked with Hazell for many years as one of the original writers for the television show Seinfeld. Wonder Bread Years is a salute to the Baby Boomer Generation. It’s a fast-paced, hilarious production that gracefully walks the line between standup and theater. Audiences across the country are enjoying a show that not only restores a much-needed sense of wonder, but leaves audiences laughing and savoring the past like never before. In addition to his experience on the Seinfeld show, Hazell is a Tonight Show veteran, a critically acclaimed playwright and a contributing commentator to National Public Radio. He is recognized for his genuinely funny Americana humor and his salute to pop culture. For more information: www.wonderbreadyears.com
Saturday, September 28, 2013
7:30 p.m.
$20 ($25 – day of show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show, with the Des Moines Big Band
Proudly Presented by Community National Bank
The legacy of The Rat Pack endures because it encompasses the music, laughter and camaraderie of four extraordinary legends: Joey Bishop, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra. Celebrating 50 years of The Rat Pack, Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show has been hailed as the next best thing to seeing the Rat Pack themselves. They were style with substance, swing with swagger and a non-stop party that everyone wanted to join. Today, audiences can experience this critically acclaimed, hugely entertaining theatrical production, which includes exciting new arrangements of the classic songs everyone knows and loves. Audiences will hear original, never-before-heard songs and recorded voiceovers made exclusively for this show by Sandy Hackett’s father, the late, legendary comedian, Buddy Hackett. The Rat Pack will be joined on stage with The Des Moines Big Band. For more information: www.sandyhackettsratpackshow.com
Saturday, October 12, 2013
7:30 p.m.
$35 ($40 – day of show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

Memphis
Proudly Presented by Mason City Clinic and Winnebago Industries Foundation
Turn up that dial! From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves — filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll. Get ready to experience Broadway’s most exciting destination — what AP calls “The very essence of what a Broadway musical should be.” Memphis was winner of four 2010 Tony Awards® including Best Musical. For more information: www.MemphistheMusical.com
Sunday, October 27, 2013
3:00 p.m.
$55 Rows A – V
$40 Rows W – Z (All Seats $65 – day of show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

Orchestra Iowa
Proudly Presented by The Historic Park Inn
Beauty & Beethoven
Widely recognized as one of Beethoven’s most brilliant and triumphant masterpieces, Symphony No. 7 was written at the height of Napoleon’s power, and just as deafness had starkly ended Beethoven’s career as a virtuoso performer. In this powerful work, Beethoven characterizes both the heroically intense joy and his intimate, emotional struggle.
Celebrating its 93rd season, Orchestra Iowa has grown into one of the preeminent regional symphonies in the country. Each year, it performs to more than 100,000 Iowans throughout the state through public performances, as well as radio and television broadcasts. They are led by Music Director Timothy Hankewich who is in his eighth season.
For more information: www.orchestraiowa.org
Sunday, November 10, 2013
3:00 p.m.
$25 ($30 – day of show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

Nutcracker
Proudly Presented by Alliant Energy Foundation
Your holiday dream begins with this sparkling treat, created by Allen Fields. At a party in her family’s elegant Manhattan townhouse a century ago, Clara receives a wooden nutcracker. After midnight, he comes to life and leads his toy soldiers against mice warriors. With Clara’s help, the Nutcracker triumphs and magically turns into a prince. Enjoy the enchantment with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince in this wondrous place. Enjoy Central Park, the exotic Asian, Arabian, Spanish and Russian dancers. Enjoy Mother Ginger with her winsome troupe of gingerbread children, the regal Sugar Plum Fairy, beautiful flowers led by the Dew Drop Fairy.
Approximately 40 local ballerinas will be selected to dance in this performance of the Nutcracker. Auditions will be held September 21, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in the North Iowa Community Auditorium. Details will be provided to area dance studios.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
7:30 p.m.
$35 ($40 – day of show)
$20 ages 16 and under
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
Proudly Presented by North Iowa Eye Clinic, First State Bank of Belmond and Petro Blend
Experience the Magic! Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by founder Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday celebration for more than 25 years. Grammy Award-winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Don’t miss this ultimate holiday tradition from the number one Christmas music artist in history!
For more information: www.mannheimsteamroller.com
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
$62 Rows A –K
$52 Rows L – Z
(All Seats $65 – day of show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

The Addams Family
Proudly Presented by Henkel and Alliant Energy Foundation
Your favorite devilishly delightful family comes to life in The Addams Family. This magnificently macabre new musical comedy is “a visually satisfying, rib-tackling, lunatic musical that will entertain you to death!,” says Toronto Post City. The Addams Family features an original story, which is every father’s worst nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. As if that weren’t upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.
For more information: www.theaddamsfamilymusical.com
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
7:30 p.m.
$55 Rows A – V
$40 Rows W – Z
(All Seats $65 – day of show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

Gaelic Storm
Proudly Presented by Three Eagles Communications
Celtic-rock group Gaelic Storm steps back into the ring with their ninth album, titled Chicken Boxer, their fifth independent release on their own label, Lost Again Records. Following two consecutive number one albums on the Billboard World Music Chart, Chicken Boxer showcases the incomparable songwriting and accomplished talents of a band that has made their mark bringing fans to their feet 200 days a year. With their signature acoustic production, Gaelic Storm blends indie-folk and world grooves with Celtic tradition to serve up a ringside seat for 15 rounds of amazing energetic and enthusiastic sounds. Gaelic Storm has earned a reputation as one of the world-music scene’s preeminent Celtic bands. They have performed on the same bill with acts ranging from Zac Brown Band and the Goo Goo Dolls to Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett, at events as varied as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Milwaukee’s Summerfest. Visit their web site to download free podcast tunes and to learn more about this amazing band: www.gaelicstorm.com
Thursday, February 13, 2014
7:30 p.m.
$25 ($30 – day of the show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188
Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

The world famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is a favorite at performing arts centers across the country. This new production features Gregory and his cast of jugglers, clowns, 15 house cats, 10 dogs, four geese, eight white doves and two parrots. This is a family-oriented blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets. These pets love to show off for audiences as they perform a variety of stunts and skits that will delight the audience. Debuting in the 2013-14 season are the following new vignettes: Trained Geese, Dog Football, Dr. Doolittle, Brave Parrots and Pet Fire Marshalls. The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater has performed in more than 20 countries, and is currently in its fourth season at the Planet Hollywood Resort/Casino in Las Vegas. Mr. Popovich and his Pets have been featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman and as a finalist on America’s Got Talent. For more information: www.comedypet.com/tour
Sunday, February 23, 2014
3:00 p.m.
$25 ($30 – day of show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

Dinosaur Train Live
Proudly Presented by Community Auto
Come join Buddy, Tiny, Shiny, Don and all of their friends and family in this upbeat interactive, multi-media live trip back to the Mesozoic Era — the Age of Reptiles. Dinosaur Train Live takes the whole family back in time to an age when dinosaurs roamed the earth — and rode in trains! This combination embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains. It encourages basic scientific thinking skills as the audience learns about life science, natural history and paleontology. From giant Laura to teeny Tiny, all of our friends will be brought to life in an exciting, original, musical story created just for the stage where our audience is always a part of the show. The stars on stage will seem larger than life as the set is filled with lush animation-styled vegetation, large rear projection video screens creating motion-driven backgrounds and a full sized replica of the Dinosaur Train. Through interactivity, music and laughter, Dinosaur Train Live will have kids up and dancing in the aisles. This show is perfect for children ages 7 and younger. This show is based on the television show Dinosaur Train, which was created by Craig Bartlett and produced by the Jim Henson Company. For more information: www.pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain
Thursday, March 6, 2014
School Show: 12:30 p.m.
Tickets: $5 (all ages)
Public Show: 6:00 p.m.
$15 ($20 – day of show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

The Ten Tenors
Proudly Presented by Mason City Clinic and Sukup
The producers of The Ten Tenors have put together a special treat for Broadway fans for the 2013-2014 season. This will be a limited run opportunity to present a wonderful collection of Broadway’s greatest hits sung by 10 of Australia’s hottest tenors. Amidst incredible international success, this Australian troupe has become known as one of the hardest working touring acts, performing an average of 250 shows a year across seven continents. They have sold more than 3.5 million concert tickets, have four gold CDs and two platinum; two gold DVDs and one platinum DVD. They continually strive to challenge themselves and their audience. The Ten Tenors’ unique approach to opera has powered their rise to the top. Bringing rock and classical music together, kicking and screaming, they have created a sound that is uniquely theirs. Expect them to bring the same contrast of raw power and soothing beauty to this special evening of the best of Broadway. For more information: www.thetentenors.com
Sunday, March 16, 2014
7:30 p.m.
$40 ($45 – day of show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

Tom Cotter Live
If laughter is the best medicine, prepare to be heavily medicated! Tom Cotter’s high energy, rapid-fire style of comedy leaves audiences clutching their sides and rolling in the aisles. Recently, Tom became the first comedian to ever reach the finals of America’s Got Talent. His runner-up finish on the show has catapulted him to the comedic stratosphere. Before his historic run on the world’s largest talent competition, Tom won the Seattle International Comedy Competition, the grand prize at The Boston Comedy Festival and was voted “Best Stand-Up” at The Las Vegas Comedy Festival. He has become a familiar face on television shows like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, The Today Show and his own series, Two-Funny, a reality show on The Women’s Entertainment Network. Other TV credits include The Late Late Show, Premium Blend, Comics Unleashed and a Barbara Walters Prime-Time Special. Watch the video on his web site or the QR Code we printed here on this page and you’ll see why you do not want to miss this night of laughter! For more information: www.tomcotter.com
Friday, March 28, 2014
7:30 p.m.
$20 ($25 – day of show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

The Hit Men
Proudly Presented by CL Tel
The 1960s, 1970s and 1980s were a golden era for songwriting. During that period, artists such as Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Tommy James and the Shondells and other famous chart-topping groups created hits that have been enjoyed for generations. Now, after decades being behind-the-scenes, some of the greatest artists who were instrumental in the success of those fabulous songs have united to form The Hit Men. You’ll know every word in every song during this concert as The Hit Men take you through rock-and-roll history. They will amuse you with lots of great stories about what it was like on the road and in recording sessions with Frankie, Tommy, Carly, Cat, Jim and Elton as they sing songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s. The Hit Men will perform all of your favorite songs, including “Oh What a Night,” “Who Loves You,” “Sherry” and many other Four Seasons hits, plus “Peace Train,” “Crocodile Rock,” “Leroy Brown,” “Mony Mony” and others. For more information: www.thehitmensite.com
Thursday, April 3, 2014
7:30 p.m.
$30 ($35 – day of show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

Mighty Fortress is Our Basement: Church Basement Ladies
Proudly Presented by The Globe Gazette
Take a trip to 1960 for the fourth and funniest installment yet of the Church Basement Ladies. All of the gals are back, plus the pastor whose fledgling romance has always inspired mixed reactions. Beverly is turning 15 and gets her first pair of high heels for confirmation. Karin is finally learning how to drive. Mrs. Snustad and Mrs. Gilmerson plan a food booth at the county fair to raise money. The Church Basement Ladies’ songs are always heartfelt and charming and the humor is family-friendly. If you are looking for some funny, feel-good entertainment, A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement is the production for you.
For more information: www.churchbasementladiesonstage.com
Sunday, April 13, 2014
2:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
$30 ($35 – day of show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

Mamma Mia!
Proudly Presented by First Citizens National Bank and Dr. Dave and Cathy Beck
Come enjoy this high-energy show about a mother, her daughter and three possible fathers, followed by a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! More than 45 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show. Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. For more information: www.mamma-mia.com
Saturday, May 3, 2014
7:30 p.m.
$55 Rows A – V
$40 Rows W – Z
(All Seats $65 – day of show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

Leadership Series
Proudly Presented by Principal Financial Group, Mercy Medical Center — North Iowa and Prairie Ridge Addiction Treatment Center

Wes Moore
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
New York Times best-selling author and youth advocate Wes Moore knows that being a leader, both in your personal life and in the business world, comes down to one thing: personal responsibility. Drawing on his experiences as a leader in the public and private sectors and in the military, Moore explains that embracing your own personal responsibility and holding yourself accountable for your choices is a quality that makes great transformational leaders: leaders who create a vision, then inspire and empower those around them to execute that vision. When Wes Moore won a Rhodes scholarship in 2000, The Baltimore Sun published an article about his triumph. He was the first student at Johns Hopkins to win in 13 years, and the first African-American student there to ever win the award.
At about the same time, The Sun published articles about another young African-American man, also named Wes Moore. This one was facing charges of first-degree murder for the killing of an off-duty police officer named Bruce Prothero, a father of five. Both Wes Moores had troubled youths in blighted neighborhoods, difficulties in school, clashes with authority and unpleasant encounters with police handcuffs. But one ended up graduating Phi Beta Kappa and serving as a White House fellow and today is a banker with many volunteer activities. The other is serving a life prison sentence without the possibility of parole. “One of us is free and has experienced things that he never even knew to dream about as a kid,” the successful Wes Moore writes in a new book, titled The Other Wes Moore. “The other will spend every day until his death behind bars. The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his.”
Thursday, October 24, 2013
7:30 p.m.
$20 ($25 – day of show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

Derreck Kayongo
CNN’s “Top Ten Heroes” of 2011
From Homeless Refugee to Living the American Dream
In 1979, when Derreck Kayongo was 10 years old, his family fled the civil war in Uganda for a better life in America. Kayongo never forgot the experience of homelessness and living in a refugee camp. Today he has made it his mission to help save the lives of millions of children in developing countries, one bar of soap at a time. Each year, an estimated 3.5 million children die from illnesses like diarrhea and pneumonia, which can be prevented through improved hygiene and sanitation. In 2009, Kayongo and his wife founded the Global Soap Project, which donates melted, purified and reprocessed hotel soap to vulnerable populations, an astonishingly simple yet highly effective and sustainable approach to global health.
The nobility and power of Derreck Kayongo’s story and how he used it to arrive at his innovative Global Soap Project will leave audiences awe-inspired. Kayongo believes that not every bad experience in life has to end up horribly. Sometimes bad experiences happen so they lead us to a problem we need to solve or to our true calling in life.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
7:30 p.m.
$15 ($20 – day of show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

Frank Warren: The Most Trusted Stranger in America: Frank Warren’s PostSecret
Author Frank Warren is the creator of the blog phenomenon The PostSecret Project, a collection of highly personal and artfully decorated postcards mailed anonymously from around the world, displaying the soulful secrets we never hear. From deep family secrets to funny reflections, Warren has seen it all. He discusses why the blog is important and why he has made suicide awareness part of his life’s work. The website for PostSecret is one of the most popular on the web and has been featured in USA Today, on the Today Show, 20/20, CNN, MSNBC, CBC, NPR and Fox News. In 2009, Forbes listed Frank Warren as the fourth most influential person on the Internet. His website has received 450 million hits and has won six Weblog Awards including “Blog of the Year.”
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
7:30 p.m.
$20 ($25 – day of show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

To receive a copy of the 2013 -2014 NIACC Performing Arts and Leadership brochure please call the NIACC Box Office at 641-422-4188 or email performingarts@niacc.edu
A Preview Night of the NIACC Performing Arts and Leadership Series 2013-14 will be held on Thursday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the North Iowa Community Auditorium on the NIACC campus. Everyone is welcome to attend and learn more about the shows coming in the new season. Video clips will be part of the evening events. Elizabeth Gales, Director of the NIACC Performing Arts and Leadership Series, will highlight each of the performances.
Season ticket holders are invited to a special reception to be held prior to the Preview in the NIACC Art Gallery, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Other important dates include:
• Renewal for current season ticket holders will be May 30 – June 19, 2013

• The Performing Arts & Leadership Series promotional book will be available during the week of June 26. All previous ticket buyers will receive a brochure in the mail.

• New season ticket holders begin to buy tickets July 1- July 26, 2013

• All tickets are on sale August 5 beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the NIACC Box Office or by calling 641-422-4188 or toll-free 1-888-466-4222 extension 4188

• Online ticket sales begin August 7, 2013

The NIACC Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 p.m. Call
641-422-4188 or 1-888- GO NIACC, extension 4188.

Sponsors for the 2013-14 Performing Arts and Leadership Series include:

Platinum Level: Alliant Energy, Globe Gazette, Three Eagles Communications, Elizabeth Muse Norris Charitable Fund, Winnebago Industries Foundation, Principal Financial, Mason City Clinic, Prairie Ridge Addiction Treatment Services

Gold Level: Dr. Dave and Cathy Beck, Sukup, Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa,

First Citizens National Bank, Petro Blend, Community National Bank, Dr. Gary W. Swenson and Dean Genth, First State Bank of Belmond, Community Auto Group, North Iowa Eye Clinic, Henkel, Historic Park Inn, CL Tel

In-kind: Country Inn and Suites, KIMT-TV, North Iowa Broadcasting

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2 Responses to “NIACC Announces 2013-14 Performing Arts and Leadership Series”

  1. Eileen Richards

    I was woundering if you will be having The Christmas concert from the local Choirs again this year & when it was & price & if there are still tickets left

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    • AdminWP

      The combined choir concert is an every other year event. So it does not happen this year.

      However, we have the NIACC Concert Choir and NIACC Singers performing their winter concert on Dec. 12th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are general admission $7 for adults $4 for students. We would love to see you there!

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