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07-12_concert2_1The much-anticipated orchestral and choral Winter Concerts entertained on December 7 and 9, bringing holiday spirit to the Ruth King Theatre.

The Chamber Singers and full Orchestra performed on December 7.  Highlights for the chamber singers included rarely heard works by two Czech composers, Jan Vodnansky and Franz Kersch. The chamber singers and chamber orchestra will perform these two pieces later in the year when they tour Prague and Budapest during March break.  The orchestra performed five pieces, including the very exciting Light Cavalry Overture of Franz v. Suppe. The concert concluded with a sing-along of Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.”

The Chamber Orchestra and Glee Club performed on Sunday, December 9.  The chamber orchestra began the evening with two marches of Franz Schubert, followed by a Viola Concerto of Franz Hoffmeister. The viola soloist was Allan Jean-Baptiste, Class of 2008.  The concert continued with works of Charles Ives and Beethoven.  The Glee Club performed seven short works after intermission, starting with the Telemann “Alleluia” followed by the beautiful “Cantique de Jean Racine,” of Gabriel Faure.  Two folk songs followed, and the concert concluded with a work of Michael Haydn and the Gospel classic, “The Storm is Passing Over.”