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Holiday Music Festival Set for December 7

The premiere season of Sound Choices, presented by the department of music and The Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, continues Dec. 7 with the Holiday Music Festival at 3 p.m. in Gorell Recital Hall, located on the second floor of IUP’s Sutton Hall.

The concert features the IUP Chorale, IUP Chorus and IUP Chamber Singers. Together, the three groups include more than 100 singers. Under the direction of James Dearing, the program also highlights guest artists Lucy Scandrett on harp and John Marstinizyn on guitar.

The program incorporates an international collection of Christmas and Hanukkah music with songs performed in English, Latin, Spanish dialects of Catalonian and Ladino, Yoruba Polish and German. A work titled “Hispanic Carols and Lullabies” includes IUP percussion major and marimba player Sarah Hann.

In addition to several harp duets that Scandrett will perform with student Jacqueline Gordon, selections include the popular “Ceremony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten for female voices and harp.

Tickets are available in advance at the Hadley Union Building on the IUP campus. Tickets may also be purchased at the door starting at 2:15 p.m. on the day of the concert and in advance online at www.iuptickets.com. For more information, call The Lively Arts at (724) 357-3547. To purchase tickets with a credit card, call (724) 357-1313.

Tickets are $9 for regular admission, $8 for groups and senior citizens, and $6 for students and children.