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Holiday concert to feature Lincoln College Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Singers and Chorale

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[November 28, 2012]  The annual holiday concert at Lincoln College will be presented in the Johnston Center for Performing Arts on the Lincoln campus on Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8. The concert will start at 7:30 both evenings.

Tickets will be available at the box office in the Johnston Center for $2.

The lineup this year will include a set by the 20-member Lincoln College Jazz Ensemble, led by Professor Scott Woger.

Next on the playbill will be performances by the Chamber Singers and the Lincoln College Chorale. Professor Cynthia Fox will direct the vocal groups.

Woger is very excited about this year's concert. The event will be the debut for members of a new Lincoln College degree program that will allow music students to earn a four-year bachelor's degree in jazz studies on the Lincoln campus. There are currently 24 aspiring jazz musicians enrolled.

"I have been working for the past seven months to set up this program," Woger said.

The four-year degree program allows Lincoln College to field a jazz big band for the first time, and the coming-out party for this group promises to raise the roof on the Johnston Center. The twin "Performance Tonight" flags in front of the Johnston Center will be snapping to a jazz beat.

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As the jazz studies program unfolds, new events are being planned for 2013. A jazz concert featuring the LC Jazz Ensemble and area high school jazz bands, including one from Pekin High School, is scheduled for early 2013.

For more information on the holiday concert, contact the Lincoln College box office at 217-732-3155, ext. 280. Woger may be reached at 217-735-5050, ext. 281, and

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