McDaniel performers set concerts this week

Holiday fare includes classical, jazz, gospel

December 04, 2005

The McDaniel College department of music has announced holiday concerts this week. The free concerts will be held on the college campus in Westminster.

The College Choir will present "Lighten Up" at 7 p.m. today in Baker Memorial Chapel. The choir, directed by Patricia Jimenez, consists of 60 student, faculty, staff and community singers. The concert will include Bach's "Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light," R. Vaughan Williams' "Serenade to Music" and "Wassail Song" and Vincent Perischetti's "There Is That Within Me," as well as "Jingle Bells," "Ocho Kandelikas" (a Latino Hanukkah song) and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas."

McDaniel College student soloists will perform at 7 p.m. tomorrow in McDaniel Lounge. The program features vocalists, pianists and flutists. Selections will span several styles and composers from classical to contemporary.

The Student Guitar Ensembles will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Little Baker Chapel. Groups include the McDaniel Classical Guitar Ensemble, the McDaniel Jazz Guitar Ensemble and the Electric Bass Ensemble. The Classical Guitar Ensemble will perform a medley of Christmas songs from Provence, France; Renaissance dance music; an Austrian lullaby, and a work by Robert Schumann. The Jazz Guitar Ensemble will play John Scofield's "Jeep on 35," Cole Porter's "Easy to Love," Thelonius Monk's "Blue Monk," and John Coltrane's "Impression."

The annual Jazz Night will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday in Decker Center Forum. The concert will feature several styles, including ballads, swing, Latin and fusion.

The College Band Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in WMC Alumni Hall. The band features 40 McDaniel students, plus faculty performers, more than 30 community musicians and four student conductors. Pieces include Clement C. Moore's "A Visit from St. Nicholas," Jay Bocook's "At Dawn They Slept," Steve Reisteter's "The Eighth Candle," and David Holsinger's "American Faces."

The Gospel Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Baker Memorial Chapel. The program will include a mix of traditional spiritual numbers and contemporary gospel pieces. The choir is made up of 65 students and several community singers. This concert also will feature the college's world percussion ensemble.

The program includes "I'm Not Tired Yet," "Friend of God," "Because of Who You Are," "In Your Name," "Perfect Phrase," "I Give You Praise" and "If I Tell God."

Information: 410-857-2599.

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