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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 7, 2016

Southeast Iowa Symphony at Clear Creek

Dec 01, 2016

HARPER — The Southeast Iowa Symphony Chamber Ensemble will be playing at 2 p.m. Sunday for the Ss. Peter and Paul Clear Creek Heritage Association as part of Christmas at Clear Creek.

The ensemble’s exciting program features classical selections, such as Bach and Baroque, and folk tune settings, including a dazzling double-oboe concerto and an audience sing-along of a traditional favorite. Conductor Robert McConnell will provide lively commentary, and-close-up “introductions” to the various string and wind instruments.

The concert will be both outstanding in virtuosity, and welcoming to families and friends. Interaction between the audience and the musicians adds to the personal enjoyment of the participants. The concert-sponsors see this as in keeping with the skills and optimism of their forebears, who founded and built the productive farming community and handsome church over the past 150-plus years.

The Ss. Peter and Paul Clear Creek Heritage Association has a mission to restore and preserve the beautiful landmark church built in 1898 by the German settlers to the Clear Creek area. It functioned as a Catholic church until its closure in 2009. The heritage association purchased it from the diocese of Davenport and has invested time and money since then to fully restore it to its original beauty. It is used year round for a variety of events.

Christmas at Clear Creek is a time of special celebration. The festivities begin with the fourth annual concert by the ensemble, with the church beautifully decorated.

The concert is followed by a reception in the church hall. A free will be appreciated to cover expenses.

 

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