‘Journey to Christmas’ takes stage Sunday
The Heartland Civic Choir and Orchestras will perform “A Journey to Christmas,” a concert featuring a range of holiday selections Sunday, December 2 at 2 p.m. in the Rugby High Tilman Hovland Auditorium.
The performance will explore Christmas music from classical to modern styles, with Andee Mattson directing the choir, and Tilman Hovland directing the symphony orchestra.
Craig Wollenburg will direct the string orchestra.
According to a press release by the Rugby Village Arts Board, Wollenburg will fill a vacancy left by former String Orchestra Director Deb Jenkins, who passed away early Tuesday.
Donations and cards for Jenkins’ family will be accepted at the concert.
Rugby Village Arts Board President Bonnie Berginski told the Tribune Jenkins had presided over the string orchestra “for many, many years. She was involved in music for a very long time.”
Berginski described Jenkins’ death as “a huge loss to our community.” She said of Jenkins, “She’s given string lessons to, I don’t know how many people often for free.”
The concert will also honor Carl Kolbo, a former Heartland Civic Orchestra member. Carl Kolbo played “for many years” alongside his mother, Lisa Crandall, and father, Mark Kolbo, in the orchestra, according to Berginski.
Carl Kolbo passed away suddenly June 7, 2018, from complications of a heart ailment at the age of 24, according to the press release.
A flyer advertising the concert said, “Carl was also a part of the Grand forks Youth Orchestra, The Devils Lake Community Elks Band, The Devils Lake Community Orchestra, Lake Region State College Band, and played music at many of the local churches and area cantatas. He was a skilled musician with mastery in piano, flute, piccolo, string bass, electric guitar, electric bass and percussion. He could pick up almost any instrument and play it!”
Carl Kolbo’s parents will perform in the Sunday concert “as we honor Carl and know that the heavens are filled with music and hope that he is pleased with what he hears!” The flyer continued.
“Think of him today as you enjoy the concert,” the flyer added. “Our hearts go out to Mark and Lisa and their families.”
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