Burning Bright, a group of Decorah-area professional and amateur musicians, will offer their sixteenth annual benefit concert this season titled "Coming Light." Two performances of the concert, at 5:00 PM and 7:30 PM, are scheduled for Saturday, December 22, at First United Methodist Church, 302 W. Broadway, Decorah.
Tickets for both performances are on sale now 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 may also 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 an eclectic mix of musical styles, including an arrangement of Watts's Cradle Hymn adapted from the Oxford Book of Carols, a traditional Waterson Family piece called "New Year Carol/Residue" and an original piece titled "Winter Pantoum," with lyrics by Ardith Hoff and music by Otter Dreaming.
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: the Food Pantry at First Lutheran Church, Decorah and Mother Health International's Uganda Ambulance Fund.