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Encouraged by 2017, Keelan mulls another concert

Malley Keelan had entertained thoughts of 2017 being the final chapter of the Keelan Family & Friends Christmas Concert series, thinking that 30 sounded like a nice, round, final number.

That was before the most recent success story brought nearly 300 patrons to Christ United Methodist Church the night of Dec. 22 and resulted in more than $4,300 being raised for the Lincoln Music Teachers Association’s (LMTA’s) Music Outreach Program.

“This last one has brought many positive responses,” the founder of the popular holiday concert series said earlier this week. “We are flattered that so many good things seem to come from these concerts, year after year, and it is a pleasure to offer them to the community.”

Keelan said he might consider another Christmas concert in 2018 if:

- The series’ core talent remains involved, and the choir can be enlarged;

- Keelan can maintain his own level of energy;

- Sponsors and the media continue their support; and

- “Of course, if our loyal audience continues to show interest.”

If those factors fall into place, Keelan said he’d consider concert No. 31.

“It might be a slightly different format, but we’d still offer the Christmas music and readings that people have come to expect,” he said. “We also might produce some highlight programs from old concerts for local cable access,” Keelan added.

The vocalist and show co-host said 293 patrons turned out on Dec. 22 and raised $4,309 for this year’s chosen charity, LMTA’s Music Outreach Program.

Sponsors of the 30th KF&F concert included Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home; Augstums Printing; Christ United Methodist Church, and a number of media outlets.


McKaylee True grew up with the "The Nutcracker," witnessing the production long before she became age-eligible to dance in the holiday tradition at the Lied Center. The Lincoln East High School senior will enroll next fall in the BFA Dance Program at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz.