Christmas carols will be featured in a concert presented by three local musicians at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Binford House, 110 N. Second Ave. The concert is free and open to the public, with free-will donations accepted to benefit the Binford House.
Marsha Bristley, Mindy Phomvisay and Mary Giese will perform a program of piano and vocal solos and duets, as well as instrumental music with flute, violin and guitar. David Giese will read vintage Christmas Cards throughout the program to add to the audience's enjoyment.
"I love to be able to share music with others and am honored to have this opportunity to perform at the Binford House!" said Mindy Phomvisay. "Our concert includes beautiful carols such as 'Away In A Manger' and 'Joy to the World,' as well as interesting arrangements of 'Rise Up Shepherd' and 'God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen.'"
Musicians Marsha Bristley, Mindy Phomvisay and Mary Giese will present a Christmas concert at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Binford House.
Marsha Honegger Bristley grew up in New York and graduated from Eastman School of Music with a degree in Piano Performance. After graduation, she taught Kindergarden through fifth grade music. She taught piano at Turtle Bay Music School in New York City, taught with her former teachers, Donald and Jho Waxman, and has maintained a piano studio in her home for 45 years. Honegger was a judge at Luther College's Piano Festival and has played for many audiences throughout her career. She has been an active member of Marshalltown's Tuesday Musical Club and continues to be involved with church music.
Mindy Phomvisay graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Music Education, with flute and voice her primary instruments. Phomvisay teaches elementary music at GMG Elementary and is the director of music at First Baptist Church of Ames. directed one of the Ames Children's Choirs for five years, has given private flute lessons and has taught music in Ankeny, Ames, Perry and West Des Moines. Phomvisay is a member of Tuesday Musical and lives in Marshalltown with her husband, Aiddy and their two children, Elijah and Emma.
Mary Giese graduated from Iowa State University with a minor in music. She sings with the Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble and with the choir at St. John's Lutheran Church in Des Moines. Giese enjoys playing the violin and has been a member of Solstice String Quartet and the Central Iowa Symphony. She is a member of Tuesday Musical and is the executive director of the Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance.
Refreshments will be served following the concert. The Binford House is owned and operated by the Federated Women's Club of Marshalltown and is open for community groups and special events. Contact Joann Neven at 641-752-7723 for additional information about the concert or about the Binford House.