BEMIDJI -- For the 40th consecutive year, the Bemidji Chorale will help usher in the holiday season with its Christmas concerts at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, at Calvary Lutheran Church.

"It’s something that I look forward to every year," said longtime Chorale director Patricia Mason. "Being together, being able to perform this music for the community is just so much fun. We're returning to some old favorites like 'The Snow' by Edward Elgar." That piece features a violin duet.

The program will open with an arrangement of "Ave Maria" dedicated to the Chorale by former member Whitney Berry.

The Chorale will premiere the setting of "O Magnum Mysterium," written by Andrew D. McCormick, who was a member of the Bemidji (State University) Choir, Varsity Choir and the Bemidji Chorale.

"The Shepherds Had an Angel" will feature soprano soloist Katilynn Meine, with Heather Guidry on English horn.

A frolicking "Thirty Second Fa La La" by Donald Moore will surely put a smile on everyone's face.

The concert will conclude with a lovely version of "Silent Night" arranged by Norman Luboff.

Wayne Hoff will accompany on piano.

The concerts are free and will conclude with goodies, coffee and conversation. There is no admission charge, but a free-will offering will be accepted to help defray costs for the Chorale.