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Area choral groups set to celebrate holidays

The Hollidaysburg Community Chorus will celebrate its 35th anniversary with free Christmas concerts.

“Celebrate: It’s Christmas” will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Hollidaysburg Area High School auditorium. The concerts feature guest soloist Julie Hanlon and performances from the Children’s Community Chorus, under the direction of Bonnie Ebersole. Refreshments will be available after the concerts.

Assembled by Tom Kunkle in 1986 to originally sing for the 150th anniversary of Hollidaysburg Borough, the Hollidaysburg Community Chorus has been performing twice a year — in the spring and at Christmas — for the past 35 years. Sandy Steele succeeded Tom as director, and the chorus is currently under the direction of Sandy Harteis.

Throughout the years, the chorus has maintained a membership of 65 to 80 members.

The public is invited to attend the Christmas concert.

AAJHS 6th grade chorus and orchestra

The Altoona Area Junior High School sixth grade chorus and sixth grade string orchestra Holiday Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Altoona Area Junior High School Auditorium. The chorus is under the direction of Jessica Connell and the orchestra is under the direction of Kelly Detwiler. All tickets are $3 and can be purchased at the door. AAJHS students participating include: Nora Beecham, Ivan Grassi, Evan Getty, Adalia Lopez-Oakes, De’Shawnay Anderson, Adeline Middleton, Jasmyn Lenning and Madison Barr.

Penn State Altoona Jazz Band concert

Penn State Altoona’s University Jazz Band will perform at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, in the Paul R. and Margery Wolf Kuhn Theatre of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts.

This performance is free and open to the public.

The student ensemble is directed by Josh Hillard, part-time instructor in music at Penn State Altoona. Musical selections in a variety of contemporary big band styles will be performed.

For more information call the box office 814-949-5452 or visit the Penn State Altoona website at www.altoona.psu.edu. The box office is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Masks are required to attend this performance.

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