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Duo back to perform ‘Songs of the Season’

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 4:45 p.m. CDT
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Cassandra Vohs-Demann and John Hegner will present "Songs of the Season" as part of the Christmas at the Dole festivities this weekend

An empty seat is rare when Cassandra Vohs-Demann and John Hegner take the stage to celebrate Christmas.

Performing together for the past decade, the two area artists will present “Songs of the Season” as part of the Christmas at the Dole festivities. The duo sold out last year.

This year’s concert takes place 8 p.m. Dec. 6 in The Listening Room at Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake.

With a capacity of about 100, the intimate setting of The Listening Room appeals both to the performers and audience members.

“It’s going to be a warm and fuzzy evening for sure,” Hegner said.

Singers and songwriters, Vohs-Demann and Hegner both will perform at least one original song each, along with some classic and contemporary Christmas songs.

“I would say a portion of the songs will feel original in a way. We’ll definitely be doing our own versions of certain songs,” said Hegner, who worked in Boston and New York creating commercial music before opening Starbell Hatchery recording studio about 10 years ago on his family farm in Harvard.

Ranging from rock to jazz to experimental, Hegner’s music can be heard on his solo album, “254.” Vohs-Demann recorded her album, “Here I Am” at his studio. She owns A Place to Shine Music in Woodstock, where she teaches, performs, writes and produces contemporary music.

A student of opera and acting, Vohs-Demann performed with the Grant Park Symphony, toured with The New Organization for Vocal Artistry and was an anthem soloist for the Chicago Bulls before shifting to contemporary music.

She performs her originals both as a soloist and with Cassandra and the Gravel Road Band. Her songs have been used as the backdrops for the mission videos of Pioneer Center for Human Services and Lakeside Legacy Arts Park.

She and Hegner will be joined in their performance at The Listening Room this year by fellow musicians Jim Seidel, Bob Harper and Jessica Buehler. Because of this, Vohs-Demann said, the audience can expect some new arrangements.

“We have selected an eclectic mix of touching, humorous, classic Christmas and contemporary Christmas songs,” Hegner said. “It’s basically a program we have fun playing. This should be a great show, and it’s a great show to play in. I think there’s a little something for everyone.”

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