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Music fills the air Dec. 4-5
Megan Blume
Antelope Staff

“We wish you a merry Christmas, we wish you a merry Christmas” – too early for Christmas music? Well, Thanksgiving is over, and the Christmas spirit is among us. With 24 days until the holiday, the UNK Music Department is kicking off the holiday season early with five concert performances this weekend.

Christmas music will fill the granite halls of the Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) when Vocal Collegium performs on Friday, Dec. 3. Vocal Collegium specializes in choral chamber repertoire of all eras, and is described as “an elite group of students who are chosen from the Choraleers.”

Low notes of “Joy to the World” will bellow out of the Fine Arts Recital Hall on Saturday, Dec. 4, during the “Merry Tuba Christmas” performance. The low brass recital will feature more than 60 euphonium and tuba players of all ages from across the region.

According to Dr. Seth Fletcher, low brass lecturer, the recital will consist of popular Christmas songs including--“Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Deck the Halls,” “The First Noel,” “Joy to the World” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

If low brass instruments aren’t your thing, check out the Jazz-Rock concert later in the evening. Under the direction of Dr. James Payne, professor of music, the Jazz-Rock ensemble will play a series of big band music from the swing era featuring trumpets, saxophones, guitars, bass, drums and the piano.

The UNK Wind Ensemble will perform the debut concert for a new group directed by the new director of bands Dr. Duane Bierman  Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. This performance will not be holiday music.

The UNK Wind Ensemble's membership consists of the best wind and percussion players at the university, and entrance into the ensemble is selected by audition only.  Sunday's concert is the culmination of only three weeks of rehearsals. The ensemble did not exist until the conclusion of the marching band season Nov. 6. Future concerts next semester for the Wind Ensemble will be February 24 and April 16, and the band will also embark on a three-day tour of northeastern Nebraska before spring break..  UNK's other concert band, the Symphonic Band, will also perform concerts on campus on March 31 and April 21.

Want fewer instruments and more voice? Check out the combined concert of three UNK vocal groups at 7:30 p.m. Sunday after the band concert. The Choraleers, Women’s Chorus and Men’s Chorus will all perform under the direction of Dr. David Bauer, professor of music. The groups will perform several Christmas songs including “Alleluya Sasa!,” “The Many Moods of Christmas,” “Mary had a Baby,” “Glorius is the Lord Almighty” and “Festive Profession.”

Warm up some cocoa and break free from the winter blues by attending the many heart-warming Christmas concerts this weekend.

Music schedule

Vocal Collegium: Friday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at MONA
Merry Tuba Christmas: Saturday, Dec. 4 at noon in the Fine Arts Recital Hall
Jazz-Rock Concert: Saturday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall
UNK Wind Ensemble: Sunday, Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall
Combined Vocal Concert: Sunday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall



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