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Prairie Singers to mark 25th season

Series of area concerts begin Sunday, Dec. 2

The Prairie Singers mark their 25th Christmas season with a series of concerts in the local area.

This year’s concert has selections handpicked from the singers past 25-year musical repertoire. The Singers will present both secular and sacred pieces with many enjoyable arrangements of favorite Christmas songs with a special tribute to Andy Williams.

The Singers return to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Seneca, for their first concert, Sunday, Dec. 2, as was such 25 years ago when the Singers were formed. The concert will be at 1 p.m. in the beautiful gothic atmosphere of St. Patrick’s.

Later that afternoon, at 4 p.m. Dec. 2, the singers will arrive at West Lisbon Church, Newark for a late afternoon concert. Both concerts are open to the public with a free will offering being taken.

The Singers continue their season at the Dwight Prairie Creek Library, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4,  an evening of traditional songs will be presented free to the public.

The Ottawa Reddick Mansion will host three concerts, Dec. 7-9. A buffet meal will be served with very limited seating available for $28. Concert times will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday  Dec. 8. A 1 p.m. concert will be given Sunday, Dec. 9. Reservations are required. Call the Mansion at (815) 433-6100.

The Prairie Singers are a chamber ensemble comprised of singers from Grundy, La Salle, Livingston and Kendall counties. The group performs literature from a broad range of historical periods, along with a wide variety of show tunes, popular and classical favorites.

The choral ensemble welcomes membership inquiries from interested singers. Information concerning group or performance scheduling may be obtained by contacting George McComb, 6830 O’Malley Road, Verona, Ill., 60479, or call (815) 287-9806.

Prairie Singers add third performance at Reddick Mansion

The Prairie Singers, celebrating their 25th Christmas season, will perform in dinner concert at the Reddick Mansion the weekend of Dec. 7-9.

Because the Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon concerts have already sold out, a third performance on Friday evening, Dec. 7, has been added. This year’s concert, “The Prairie Singers’ 25th Best” will highlight 25 years of their favorite Christmas music along with a tribute to Andy Williams.

The dinner concerts will feature a traditional holiday buffet dinner, catered by the Cheese Shop of Ottawa.  The meal will include a ham-carving station, roasted turkey, potatoes, green beans, cranberry salad and rolls.  Dessert, coffee, punch, and water will also be served.

On Friday and Saturday evenings, dinner will be served at 7 p.m; on Sunday afternoon, dinner is at 1 p.m.

The Mansion will be open 30 minutes before each meal. Tickets are $28 for the meal and concert. 
Reservations are required and seating is limited to 42 people per performance. Payment options include cash, check, and credit card.  Please contact the Mansion at (815) 433-6100 for reservations.

The Prairie Singers include performers from Grundy, La Salle, Livingston, and Kendall counties. Throughout the remainder of the year, the group performs music from a broad range of historical periods, along with a wide variety of show tunes, popular and classical favorites. 

The Reddick Mansion, built in 1858, is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. The Mansion, at 100 W. Lafayette St., Ottawa, IL, is open to the public for tours and also has meeting/reception rooms available for rent for special events.

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