Ring in the Season with Joyful Christmas Music at USM

11/30/2012 12:00:00 AM

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9

(Leavenworth, Kan.)—The University of Saint Mary is serving up a pair of musical offerings to help you get in the Christmas spirit, with the joyful Christmas Community Band Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, in Saint Joseph Dining Hall, and the elegant and traditional Christmas Choral Vespers Concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, in Annunciation Chapel.

Both events are free and open to the public and will be held on USM’s Leavenworth Campus at 4100 South 4thStreet.

The USM Vespers Concert tradition dates back more than three decades. This year’s rendition will feature the USM Concert Chorale under the direction of Dr. William Krusemark, chair of the fine arts department, and the Bells of Saint Mary Handbell Choir under the direction of USM Assistant Professor of Music Freda Proctor.

Vivaldi’s Gloria is the principal work for the evening and will feature accompaniment by the Vespers Festival String Orchestra.

The second half of the program will include an assortment of European carol arrangements including the Ukrainian Bell Carol, Holst’s Christmas Day and Wilberg’s setting of the Catalonian carol What Shall We Give? arranged for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

USM student soloists include Sarah DaMetz and Bonnie Cobb of Lansing, Kan., Alexander Pedroza, Hayley Webb, and Emma Vavricek of Basehor, Kan., Ashley Muldoon and Starian Porchia of Bonner Springs, Kan., and Taylor Welch, John Cothern, and Briana Janas of Leavenworth, Kan.

A reception will follow the event. Contact Dr. Krusemark at krusemarkw@stmary.edu for more information.

The Christmas Band Concert will feature the USM Community Band and USM Instrumental Ensemble under the direction of Freda Proctor.

The program will include medleys and arrangements of traditional Christmas carols such as Ding! Dong! Merrily on High, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, Coventry Carol, and Still, Still, Still. The band will perform several selections that have been recorded by Mannheim Steamroller, including Faeries, A Fresh Aire Christmas and Fum, Fum, Fum.

The string ensemble and chamber orchestra will perform two other Mannheim Steamroller arrangements, Veni, Veni (O Come, O Come, Emmanuel) and Stille Nacht. The chamber orchestra will also play Gesu Bambino. The band and strings will be joined by Rob Gaslin, baritone vocal soloist, for Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.

Contact Freda Proctor at (913) 758-6320 for more information on the Christmas Concert.