Holiday Music Spectacular Dec. 4 at Clarion

CLARION – The Clarion University Music Department will present its Fourth Annual Holiday Music Spectacular, Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Marwick-Boyd Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

This holiday tradition, begun in 2005, features all of the music department’s performing ensembles in a single musical feast. This 2008 production will include performances by Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, Dr. Henry Alviani, conductor; Wind Ensemble, Dr. Hubert Toney, Jr., conductor; Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Marian Dura, conductor; Percussion Ensemble, Dr. Lawrence Wells, conductor; and Brass Ensemble, Dr. Jeffrey Wardlaw, conductor.

Concert Choir will perform selections from “The First Nowell,” a nativity musical play by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, honoring him on the 50th anniversary of his death.

Chamber Singers will perform “Christmas Day 1666” from Bob Chilcott’s suite “Fragments from His Dish” and Eleanor Daley’s setting of the ancient carol “When Christ was Born of Mary Free.”

Symphony Orchestra will perform selections from Tchaikovsky’s ballet “The Nutcracker” and the holiday favorite “Sleigh Ride.”

Percussion Ensemble will perform Bach’s well-known “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.”

Wind Ensemble will perform “Passacaglia On An Old English Carol” and Chip Davis and Mannheim Steamroller’s arrangement of the classic “Carol of the Bells.”

Brass Ensemble will perform an arrangement of holiday favorite, “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

A poetry reading selected by Hanna Lassowsky, who has added this component to this traditional concert for the past three years, will follow each ensemble’s performance.

Clarion University professor of art James R. Rose will enhance the show with a visual display of art representing the sights of the season.

The entire ensemble involving all members of each organization will combine for the finale “Here We Come A-Caroling” (A Celebration of British Carols) arranged by Douglas Wagner, conducted by Dr. Stephen Johnson.

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