The holidays mean
music at Manchester
Manchester University ushers in the holiday season with musical performances that showcase guests as well as every one of its own vocal and instrumental ensembles.
On stage first in December is a shared recital by two music majors, senior baritone Chris Teeters and junior soprano Angelina Jung. Their free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Wine Recital Hall on Saturday, Dec 1.
Manchester’s Symphonic Band, and its jazz and percussion ensembles present their winter show at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5 in Cordier Auditorium. Expect songs of the season, some Dizzy Gillespie, and a new percussion director – David Robbins. Tickets for Ascension, Music That Will Lifts Your Spirit, are $5, at the door.
Grammy-winner Daniel Belcher brings his baritone music to campus for audiences large and small. Belcher’s roles have included Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos, Dandini in La Cenerentola and Papageno in The Magic Flute.
On Thursday, Dec. 6, he will present a free recital, English and American Art Songs, in Wine Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.
It’s a Christmas tradition for Manchester’s Chamber Singers and Cantabile women’s choir to travel downtown to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church for a music-filled service, Lessons and Carols. The 7 p.m. program on Friday, Dec. 7 resounds with Christmas carols, hymns and music from Handel’s Messiah. Soloists Daniel Belcher, David Moan and Eric Reichenbach are featured on the program.
Belcher returns to the larger venue of Cordier Auditorium on Sunday, Dec. 9 to join the Manchester Symphony Orchestra in the Christmas cantata Hodie (This Day) of Ralph Vaughan Williams. Collaborating with the seasoned performers are George and Joni Killian and choirs from Northfield High School and Huntington County Children's Choirs. The free concert begins at 3 p.m., but guests will enjoy the pre-concert conversation with local choir director Terry McKee (tenor saxophonist) and instrumentalists at 2:20 p.m.
Music is an integral part of the Manchester University liberal arts education, with study in music education, applied music, music theory/composition and general music. All emphasize excellence in performance and the importance of encouraging others to participate in and appreciate many types of music. For more about music at Manchester, visit www.manchester.edu.