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Local Mormon stake to present 30th annual Christmas concert

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The Denton stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will perform its 30th anniversary performance of "An Evening of Christmas Joys" at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Murchison Performing Arts Center. 

The sold-out performance will be streamed live at www.christmasjoys.org.

This year's event pays homage to the roots of "Christmas Joys," a community festival of carols in the early 1980s. The local stake — which is the headquarters for all Mormon congregations in the city — has invited members of First United Methodist Church and St. Andrew Presbyterian Church to join a grand chorus of more than 130 singers. John Priddy, the music minister at First United Methodist Church, will share conducting duties with Gideon Burrows, a University of North Texas doctoral student in conducting. A small orchestra will accompany the chorus. 

Carol Lynn Mizell will conduct First United Methodist's Handbell Choir. A children's chorus and a women's chorus will sing. UNT College of Music Faculty will perform: Jeffrey Snider, baritone-bass; Jason Bergman, trumpet; Brian L. Bowman, euphonium; Steven Harlos, piano; S. Andrew Lloyd, organ; and Texas Woman's University voice doctoral student Jennifer Youngs.