Friday, Dec. 3: Lessons & Carols, Chamber Singers, Cantabile
7:30 p.m., Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
Sunday, Dec. 5: Manchester Symphony Orchestra
3 p.m., Cordier Auditorium
Friday, Dec. 10: Symphonic Band, Jazz & Percussion Ensembles
7:30 p.m., Cordier Auditorium
the season with music
Music is on the mind at Manchester College this December, with three seasonal concerts highlighting both large and smaller instrumental and choral ensembles.
The Chamber singers and Cantabile women’s chorus will set the mood with Lessons & Carols at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3. This worship service in celebration of Christmas is at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 113. W. Main St. in North Manchester. On the program: A Boy Was Born by Benjamin Britten; I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, arranged by Margaret Vance and Lee Kjelson; and Here We Come A-Wassailing, arranged by John Rutter.
The public is invited to the free service. Cantabile is directed by MC music lecturer and graduate Andrew Suhre; the Chamber Singers are directed by Associate Professor Debra Lynn.
Next to the stage is the annual holiday concert of the Manchester Symphony Orchestra, It’s A Wonderful Concert. The family performance by community and student musicians is directed by Scott Humphries, assistant professor of music. The concert opens at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5 in Cordier Auditorium on campus.
The symphony will be joined by the A Cappella Choir and student soloists for selections from Handel’s Messiah and a Christmas Sing-along, directed by Debra Lynn, associate professor of music. Also on the program: Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson, Fantasia on Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughan Williams and the Concert Suite from It’s A Wonderful Life by Dimitri Tiomkin. All performances by the MSO this year are free. For more about the orchestra, visit mso.manchester.edu.
The final performance of fall semester is Bravado! by the College Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Percussion Ensemble, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10. Tickets are $5 for the concert, in Cordier Auditorium on campus. The program for the Symphonic Band, directed by Humphries, includes the very difficult Rush by Samuel Hazo, and the U.S. premier of Raiders of Sunset Island, composed by Humphries; and several other pieces.
The Jazz Ensemble, directed by Tim Reed, assistant professor of music, will perform Jump, Jive an’ Wail by Louis Prima, arranged by Roger Holmes; and ’Round Midnight by Thelonious Monk, arranged by Frank Mantooth; and several other pieces. On the program for the MC Percussion Ensemble, directed by music lecturer Joshua Faudree: Rondo for Percussion by Thomas L. Davis and Christmas Ditties, arranged by Chris Crockarell.