The University Chorale, Wind Ensemble and Chamber Choir will join forces to present the Frostburg State University Department of Music’s Holiday Concert, “All on a Winter’s Eve,” Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center.
The University Chorale, conducted by Dr. Karen Soderberg and assisted by pianist Dr. Bomi Lim Tunstall, will perform Benjamin Britten’s “A Hymn to the Virgin,” Herbert Howells’ “A Spotless Rose” featuring baritone Andrew Plummer and David Dickau’s “What Sweeter Music Can We Bring?” They will also perform Vaclav Nehlybel’s “Estampie Natalis” for eight-part chorus, featuring tenor Justin Ternent, soprano Lauren Huyser, alto Rebecca Snow and Ellen Grolman on cello, with piccolo and percussion. Their program will conclude with the spiritual “Glory to the Newborn King” arranged by Robert L. Morris, the Nigerian carol “Betelehemu” arranged by Barrington Brooks and “I Have a Little Dreydel” arranged by Mathew Lazar, which will feature tenor Andre Wilson.
Under the direction of Philip Klickman, the FSU Wind Ensemble will perform “Joy” (from “Awakening”) by Joseph Curiale; “Rhapsody for Hanukkah” by Stephen Bulla; and the traditional carols, “Carol of the Bells” (Ukrainian) arranged by Chip Davis and Robert Longfield, “Patapan” (French) arranged by Tom Wallace and “Fantasia on a 13th-Century Carol” by James L. Hosay. They will also perform the well-known “Midnight Sleighride” adapted from the “Troika” movement of the “Lieutenant Kijé Suite” by Serge Prokofiev, “March of the Toys/Toyland” (from “Babes in Toyland”) by Victor Herbert and “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” (the chorale from “Cantata No. 147”) by J.S. Bach.
The FSU Chamber Choir’s performance includes three distinctly beautiful arrangements of “Ave Maria” by Javier Busto (Spain), Hjalmar H. Ragnarsson (Iceland) and Morten Lauridsen (U.S.). They will also perform the euphoric “Water Night” by Eric Whitacre, “Snowflakes” by Seth Houston, “The Darkest Midnight in December” by Stephen Main, the lively spiritual “Sistah Mary” arranged by Rollo Dilworth and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumble Bee” arranged by Ward Swingle.
The concert will conclude with Klickman conducting the University Chorale, FSU Chamber Choir and Wind Ensemble in the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah.”
Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for students, with free admission for children 12 and younger. Tickets will be available at the door.
For more information, contact the FSU Department of Music at 301-687-4109.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity.
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