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Choir brings songs of Christmas to State Theatre

Jubilant Praise will perform 'A Jubilant Christmas' on Dec. 16 at the Turlock Community Theatre.
Jubilant Praise will perform 'A Jubilant Christmas' on Dec. 16 at the Turlock Community Theatre.

Jubilant Praise is coming home for the holidays. The Modesto choir will present its Christmas concert Saturday at the State Theatre after four years of presenting the show in Ripon and Turlock.

The 20-voice group will be accompanied by a 30-piece orchestra. Also performing are Voices for The King, a 25-voice men's chorus from Ripon, and Heart Song, a 15-voice girls ensemble from Turlock. The show is expected to run about 90 minutes, including an intermission.

"Eighty percent of the music is familiar tunes that people have heard through the years," said Ed Clark, the Jubilant Praise director.

Songs on the program include "Joy to the World," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "The Holly and the Ivy," "Toyland" and "Do You Hear What I Hear?" The show includes a medley of holiday Broadway songs and old English carols.

The group previously performed its holiday show at Ripon Christian School's arts center and at Turlock Community Theatre.

Founded in 2000, Jubilant Praise is made up of members of several congregations throughout the valley. The group has performed about 100 concerts throughout the area, including at churches, retirement homes and auditoriums.

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