December 6, 2015

Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – John A. Logan College’s musical ensembles will help usher in the Christmas season with holiday concerts on Saturday, Dec. 12 and Sunday, Dec. 13.

The John A. Logan College Community Band and Orchestra will both perform concerts at the annual Du Quoin Holiday Lights Fairon the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds on Saturday.  The orchestra, under the direction of veteran musician and director Bob Swearigen, will start at 7 p.m. in the Expo Hall and play a set of popular holiday tunes.  The band, which is led by Michael Hanes, director of bands emeritus at Southern Illinois University, will follow and perform a selection of traditional and modern Christmas carols.    

“We’ve been performing in the Expo Hall at the Holiday Lights Fair for several years, and it’s a lot of fun,” Hanes said.  “People from throughout southern Illinois flock to this event each year to see all the beautiful lights and decorations.  We enjoy providing entertainment to help get everyone in the Christmas spirit.”

 On Sunday, Dec. 13, three of Logan’s musical groups will perform in front of the Macy's entrance at the University Mall in Carbondale.  The Logan Singers, under the guidance of Nathan Arnett, a music instructor at JALC, will open the show at 12:30 p.m. and perform musical numbers from their show “A 1940s Radio Christmas.”  The JALC Community Band will follow with a concert at 1:30 p.m., and the JALC Community Orchestra will take the stage to perform at 2:30 p.m.

“We are happy to be able to do this concert at the mall again this year,” Arnett said.  “It’s a good opportunity for our students to have a public venue to perform in, and they really like doing it.  This year the Logan Singers and the community band are going to team up and perform two songs, ‘White Christmas’ and ‘A Holiday Sing Along,’ which is a medley of classic Christmas carols.  It’s going to be a great, festive show.”  


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