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NMSU's Center for the Arts project to receive Christmas concert proceeds

The New Desert Harmony Singers and the Center for the Arts at New Mexico State University have teamed up for a gala benefit concert scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at the ballrooms in Corbett Center on the NMSU campus.

Las Cruces community chorus the New Desert Harmony Singers will hold a holiday concert Dec. 3 at the ballrooms in Corbett Center with proceeds to benefit New Mexico State University's Center for the Arts. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

The New Desert Harmony Singers (NDHS), a well-respected Las Cruces community chorus, traditionally perform a Christmas concert each year. This year, the Center for the Arts was chosen to be the recipient of the concert proceeds. This is NDHS's first benefit concert.

"This concert will be very different and lots of fun," NDHS director Dave Kinkaid said.

Accompanying NDHS will be the Crimson Chord Company helping to offer the audience a night filled with traditional Christmas music including "Sleigh Ride," "There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "Oh Holy Night," "Sweet Baby Jesus" and others. Santa will be available at the event for pictures and desserts and beverages will kick-off the evening.

The Center for the Arts, a major project of NMSU, will bring the university's arts programs to one central location, providing the opportunity for increased collaboration and giving the community far easier access to creative programs offered by the university.

"The Center for the Arts complex is going to be a vehicle to bring the university, the students and the community to one place to experience the arts and culture of our community," member of the Center for the Arts at NMSU Leadership Advisory Committee Sally Cutter said, "We need the full support of the community for this project and for the community to feel ownership of the center, so we need everyone's help. Small or large gifts, they're all important."

Tickets are $25 for general admission and are available at the Cutter Gallery on El Paseo Road and University Avenue, White's Music Box at 200 S. Downtown Mall and Hubbard's Music-n-More at 1108 Wyatt Dr. For more information, call Jill Grammer at (575) 646-3587.

For additional information about the New Desert Harmony Singers, call Jane Jurrema at (575) 526-9618 or visit http://www.newdesertharmonysingers.blogspot.com.

For information on the Center for the Arts visit http://artscenter.nmsu.edu.