Jefferson City Cantorum to perform 54th Christmas concert

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Jan Houser, the accompanist for the Jefferson City Cantorum for more than 30 years, plays during rehearsal for its Dec. 9, 2023, concert set for the Miller Performing Arts Center.
Ken Barnes/News Tribune photo: Jan Houser, the accompanist for the Jefferson City Cantorum for more than 30 years, plays during rehearsal for its Dec. 9, 2023, concert set for the Miller Performing Arts Center.

Sounds of "Nutcracker Jingles" will ring out Dec. 9 at the Jefferson City Cantorum's 54th Annual Christmas Concert.

Starting at 7 p.m., director Suzanne Barner Kitchen, along with accompanist Jan Houser, will lead the group of around 50 singers and instrumentalists in performing familiar favorites which include "Ding Dong Merrily on High," "Mister Santa," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and more at the Miller Performing Arts Center.

"Most everything you're going to hear is familiar and that always makes it fun for the audience, to recognize things," Barner Kitchen said.

According to the director, the "Nutcracker Jingles" theme this year is mostly focused on getting back to traditional carols, filtering the list of songs through the lens of finding a lot of music that is familiar and traditional.

Tickets can be purchased at Central Bank West, Hawthorn Bank East, Capital Music and from Cantorum members. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for children. Tickets purchased the evening of the performance are an additional $2.

"It's going to be a really wonderful way to welcome Christmas into life this December," Barner Kitchen said.

  photo  Ken Barnes/News Tribune photo: Flautist Kerri Jones plays with the Jefferson City Cantorum during rehearsal for its concert Dec. 9 at the Miller Performing Arts Center.
 
 
  photo  Ken Barnes/News Tribune photo: Suzanne Barner Ketchum directs the Jefferson City Cantorum as it rehearses for its Christmas performance Dec. 9 at the Miller Performing Arts Center.