IUP Community Music School Presents Concert

Posted on 12/10/2014 10:31:42 AM

IUP Community Music SchoolThe IUP Community Music School will present a concert at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 21, 2014, in Gorell Recital Hall. This fall/Christmas performance will feature the three ensembles of the Community Music School presenting a variety of selections that have been worked on this semester, including some Christmas favorites.

Under the direction of David Ferguson, the Indiana Symphonic Winds will perform “His Honor” by Henry Fillmore, “Dedicatory Overture” by Clifton Williams, J.S. Bach’s “If Thou Be Near,” arranged by Moehlmann, and Robert W. Smith’s “By Loch and Mountain.”

The Crimson Children’s Choir, under the direction of Jessica Zelenack, will sing “Simple Gifts” by Aaron Copland, “A Child of Song” by Derryl Herring and Andy Beck, and Jeff Funk’s arrangement of a perennial children’s choir favorite, “Joy to the World (Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog)” by Hoyt Axton.

Under the direction of Jon Erik Schreiber, conductor, and Jordan McCarthy, assistant conductor, the Indiana Community Choir will perform three short sets of music. The first includes “Gloria” by Antonia Vivaldi, “O magnum mysterium” by Thomas Luis de Vidtoria, and “Quem vidistis pastores,” an anonymous plainchant. The second set includes a beautiful unaccompanied setting of “O Holy Night” by Adolphe Adam, and “Brightest and Best, from Five Hymns in Popular Style” by John Gardner. The final set includes arrangements by Professor Peter Schidkele of three Christmas Carols composed by the lesser-known member of the Bach family, P.D.Q. Bach, and includes “Throw the Yule Log On,” “Uncle John,” “O Little Town of Hackensack,” and “Good King Kong Looked Out!”

The Indiana Community Choir and Indiana Symphonic Winds will also combine to perform the beautiful “Christmas Cantata (Sinfonia Sacra)” by Daniel Pinkham, and “Three Noels” by Clare Grundman. The entire program will end with a singalong of the Christmas carols “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Deck the Halls,” and “Silent Night.”

Now in its second year, the IUP Community Music School continues to grow, offering low-cost private lessons on nearly all instruments, a variety of classes, and several opportunities to play in an ensemble.

Tickets for the concert are $5 regular and $3 for student/child. They are currently on sale at IUP Tickets and will be for sale at the door. For more information, call 724-357-2787 (ARTS), or e-mail community-music@iup.edu.

The IUP Community Music School is supported in part by the Indiana Rotary, Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance, Aramark, and the IUP College of Fine Arts.

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