UCM Musicians Offer Holiday Fare
Contact: Mike Greife
UCM’s Department of Music celebrates the holiday season with a variety of events planned for the week of Dec. 2-6.
The University Concert Choir, under the direction of Larry Monson, will present "Music for the Holiday Season" at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in Hart Recital Hall with a program of music by composers Benjamin Britten, Vittoria, Mack Wilberg, Brent Pierce and more. The second half of the concert will feature the Missouri premiere of "Light from out of Darkness" by Nebraska composer Brian K. Pfoltner. Featured faculty and emeritus faculty instrumentalists will be Sherri Matson, William McCandless and the Faculty Brass Plus, along with soprano Stella Roden, tenor Kenneth Wood and student instrumentalists and soloists.
The Winter Band Concert, under the direction of Scott Lubaroff, is planned for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, in Hart Recital Hall.
The University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of John Rutland, takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, also in Hart Recital Hall, with performances by faculty members Sheri Mattson, Alan Wenger, Stella Roden and Kenneth Wood. The program includes Aaron Copland’s "Quiet City," Schubert's overture to "Rosamunda," and Smetana’s tone poem, "The Moldau."
The annual Festival of Carols brings the traditional holiday music to Hart Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6. The audience will be invited to sing along with such traditional holiday selections as "Deck the Hall," "Jolly Old St. Nicholas," and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." The UCM Collegiate Choir and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Robert Lawrence, will perform standards such as "Home for the Holidays," "Sleigh Ride," "African Noel," and selections such as Vivaldi’s "Gloria." Special appearances are planned by two student quartets, The Lyrical Ladies and Gentlemen of Note.
The audience is invited to join the performers in the lobby of the Utt Music Building following the Festival of Carols for wassail and a celebration of the holiday spirit.
All of the event are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the UCM Department of Music at 660-543-4530.