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Nov 30
NPCC to host “A Christmas to Remember”


Carmen Allen's song, "In Bethlehem," will be featured during a holiday concert Dec. 8 at North Platte Community College. The concert is free and open to the public.    

A time, a place, a friend – there's no disputing the fact that songs have a way of evoking memories. 

The North Platte Community College Music Department will do its part to recall feelings of warmth, happiness and love in all who attend a holiday concert Dec. 8. 

"A Christmas to Remember" will begin at 7 p.m. in the McDonald-Belton Theater on NPCC's South Campus. The concert is free and open to the public. 

The college's music ensembles will perform a variety of selections intended to leave audience members feeling uplifted and excited about the holiday season. 

Traditional hymns such as, "Away in a Manger" and "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," will be intertwined with modern day hits such as the Pentatonix version of "White Winter Hymnal" and "Snow," from the musical, "White Christmas." 

The highlight of the show will be a select choir performance of, "In Bethlehem," written by NPCC music instructor Carmen Allen. She initially created the piece for an a cappella group she conducted in Northeast Pennsylvania. 

"I have been to Bethlehem a couple of times, and the quietness of it and the rural atmosphere just really impressed me," said Allen. "So, as I was contemplating the Christmas story, I was thinking about what it must have been like to have such a major event happen in that peaceful little town. I tried to capture the feeling in my song." 

Allen will also direct the chamber ensemble, while Ron Daly will direct the jazz band and Elizabeth Peters will direct the concert and select choirs. 

"The collaboration and musicianship seen in each of the ensembles is outstanding," said Peters. "It amazes me to see how far these students have come as we bring our semester to a close." 

The following is a list of the performers. A "*" denotes members of the select choir.   

Concert choir: 

  • Chantel Burch*
  • Darian Czarnick
  • Melissa Mitchell*
  • Marissa Pascoe*
  • Donna Pucket
  • Kathy Rice
  • Amy Taft
  • Chelsea Fraser
  • Jasmine Johnsey
  • Cassidy Lyon
  • Kristin Simpson*
  • Skylar Stethem*
  • Christian Bartling*
  • Jacob McNeel*
  • Jesse Uppal
  • Jon Wardyn
  • Maximus Wohler*
  • Tim Hall
  • Justin Morgan*
  • Malachi Murtaugh*
  • Trevor Pochop

Chamber ensemble: 

  • Holly Williams – flute
  • Malachi Murtaugh – trumpet
  • Marissa Pascoe – trumpet
  • Camerin Burtle – alto saxophone
  • Bob Allen – bassoon
  • Jasmine Johnsey – tenor saxophone
  • Chelsea Fraser – bass clarinet

Jazz band: 

  • Camerin Burtle – alto saxophone
  • Chelsea Fraser – baritone saxophone
  • Malachi Murtaugh – trumpet
  • Marissa Pascoe – trumpet
  • Walker Baird – tuba
  • Jon Wardyn – guitar
  • Don Kurre – bass guitar
  • Gregg Todd – percussion

Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​​​