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Enjoy the spirit of the season at holiday concerts

Published: Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 1:15 a.m. CDT

The holiday season is here and will be gone before we know it. Each year as I’m walking to my car from yet another concert (and there have been a lot of them), I wonder to myself how many people are unaware of the remarkable talent we have locally.

For many who may not have school-age children or grandchildren, it would be easy to let this great gift slip through their fingers. I’d like to remind the local public that we have some amazingly talented young people who perform throughout December.

There are multiple grade school concerts to enjoy. Their little voices or a sour note here or there as they’re beginning to learn a new instrument will bring a tear to your eye and laughter to your heart. They can’t help but exude innocence and Christmas spirit as they entertain their families from the stage.

In my own household, we’ve moved on to strictly high school performances. By the time students have reached this level, they’re practiced musicians and vocalists. It’s nothing less than amazing to witness the culmination of years of practice and instruction in our local schools.

The arts are alive and well in the Sauk Valley. This is really quite an accomplishment, considering the financial hit our area has taken. We have multiple local groups and individuals to thank for their efforts to maintain, and even grow, our various programs in the performing arts.

If it has been awhile since you’ve been to a local performance, I’m here to tell you that you will not be disappointed. Between private academies, public schools and private schools, the options are vast. Keep an eye out for those concert announcements or go the school website of your choice for more information.

May the spirit of the season live within each of us all year long. Happy holidays.

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