Burning Bright, a group of Decorah-area professional and amateur musicians, will offer their 16th annual benefit concert this season titled "Winter's Light."
Two performances of the concert, at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 21, at First United Methodist Church, 302 W. Broadway, Decorah.
Tickets for both performances are on sale at Oneota Community Co-op (415 W. Water St.), Kephart's Music Center (126 E. Water St.) and Agora Arts (104 E. Water), all located in Decorah. Tickets also may be purchased at the door. Advance purchase is recommended since performances are consistently sold out. Suggested donation is $12, with a minimum of $6.
Co-directing the concert are Kathy Reed, an early music specialist, harpsichordist and instructor of music at Luther College; and Otter Dreaming, pianist/organist, composer,and folk musician. Dreaming and Reed also arranged or composed many of the pieces in the concert.
Burning Bright benefit concerts offer performers and audiences the chance to experience a rich variety of music. This year's concert includes adult and children's voices and various instruments performing pieces from the Norwegian, English and American folk traditions, the American shape note tradition and a variety of other sources, both sacred and secular.
Each year the musicians donate the proceeds of the concert to local and regional organizations. Proceeds from this year's concert will be donated to area food pantries.
Past recipients of concert proceeds have included: area food pantries; the Decorah Community Free Medical Clinic, the NE Iowa Peace and Justice Center, Postville Community Support, St. Bridget's Catholic Church Hispanic ministry program (Postville), Children's Health Fund in Postville, the Winneshiek Farmer's Market Association, Rushford Flood Relief, Decorah Public Library, Decorah Regional Arts Council, the Decorah Diversity Appreciation Team, Thunder RodeTherapeutic Riding, Mother Health International's Uganda Ambulance Fund and others.
The public is invited to come and enjoy an evening of vocal and instrumental music of the season at either Burning Bright performance while giving help where it is needed in our community.
In the event of inclement weather, please listen to Decorah radio stations for rescheduling or cancellation of concert performances.