The Christmas concert season will kick off at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Centennial Auditorium in Staples with a performance of Frostiana (Seven Country Songs) from the poems of Robert Frost.

American composer Randall Thompson set seven of Frost’s poems to music in 1959 as part of a commission to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the town of Amherst. Frost himself was there for the premier, delighted to hear the music echoing the elements of his poetry.

The Staples concert will use mixed media of photography, visual art and music to create a new experience for the participants and audience as they listen to Frostiana. Thompson selected the seven Frost poems and constructed a seven-movement suite of choral art.

The concert will be performed by the Staples Area Men’s Chorus, directed by Steve Hoemberg; the Staples Area Women’s Chorus and the Staples-Motley High School A Capella Choir, both directed by Nathan Thelen.

Tickets are available online at or for purchase at Markus Hair Design, Motley; Nelson Insurance Agency or Timberlake Hotel, Staples. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

This concert is made possible in part by the support of the Five Wings Arts Council and contributions of area business and community members.