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Volume 70, Issue 71, Friday, December 3, 2004

Life & Arts

Choir's holiday concert gets beats

By Karen Klucznik
The Daily Cougar

Put the finals and that pesky paper you waited too long to finish behind you. Forget the Christmas shopping, the traffic and the long lines at the shopping mall, at least for one afternoon. Instead, relax and unwind to holiday favorites at the Moores School of Music's Holiday Concert on Sunday afternoon.

"This concert, our second with the percussion ensemble, will feature some wonderful holiday music -- some will be familiar and some won't be," Associate Director of Choral Studies Betsey Weber said. "The variety of repertoire and of so many ensembles provides the most outstanding aspect of the concert."

Scheduled for performance are works by Eleanor Daley, Katherine Dienes, Gyorgy Orban as well as "Magnificat" by Renaissance composer William Byrd. 

"In the Christian liturgy, 'Magnificat' would not be performed at Christmas, but the Biblical text includes Mary's proclamation, 'My soul doth magnify the Lord,' when she realizes that she has been chosen to bear the Christ child," Weber said. "From our educational perspective, it makes a wonderful study of music written in response to the Christmas story."

Additional conductors for Sunday's performance include Director of Choral Studies Charles Hausmann, graduate students Richard Robbins and Amy Solberg and Director of Percussion Studies Blake Wilkins.

"We have so much depth and expertise in the choral and percussion areas, and although we are on the same page in many ways, we are actually very different in style and approach," Weber said. 

Sunday's performance begins at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 general admission.

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