Dakota Choral Union prepares for Christmas at the Cathedral

The Christmas season is a time for the senses, the smell of cookies baking, the sight of beautiful lights all throughout the town, and then there are the sounds of the holiday.

In tonight's Art Beat we get to listen to the beautiful music of the Dakota Choral Union as they prepare for their upcoming Concert, Christmas at the Cathedral.

Singing is an art form that lasts a lifetime, and for these choral members of all ages, this group is a chance for them to hone their vocal skills every week.

The Dakota Choral Union meets at Terra Sancta every Monday night.

For the past few months, they've been preparing a variety of Christmas music for their annual concert at the Cathedral.

Jon Nero, Artistic Director of Dakota Choral Union says "Everybody loves Christmas music and I think composers loved Christmas music so you can find centuries full of beautiful music that are traditional Christmas texts. This concert we've got several traditional carols as well as some newly composed music for Christmas and not necessarily newly composed but pieces that would have been written for the season that aren't in the traditional carol tradition."

Sunday's concert is a mix of traditional carols and pieces dating back several hundred years.

In order to sing in a foreign language it often helps to talk it out in rhythm before actually singing.

This choral group is made up of 100 members and was formed back in 1995 after several area choral groups combined.

They are non-auditioned signers and have two sessions a year that follow the school year calendar.

They look forward to this concert every year because they get to showcase all their hard work in a church meant for the joyous sounds of Christmas.

As we all prepare for the holidays this time of year can get hectic ... so there is nothing like an opportunity to sit back and enjoy the harmonious music of the season.