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Holiday Scholarship Concert held Dec. 3

BOONE—Some people might think it’s the after-Thanksgiving sales that mark the beginning of the winter holiday season. Fans of the various music groups in Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music know it’s the annual Holiday Concert that really signals the holidays are near.

This year’s event will be Friday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Farthing Auditorium. Tickets are $7 with children under age 6 admitted free. Tickets are available at the Farthing Auditorium Box office weekdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. when the university is in session. Tickets also are available by phone at 1-800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046.

Proceeds help fund scholarships for outstanding music students. The concert is coordinated each year by Dr. Stephen Hopkins, director of choral activities in the Hayes School of Music.

More than 11 choirs or musical ensembles will be showcased during the concert, from the auditorium aisles, stage or balcony to facility a seamless transition from one group to the next.

The evening begins with what has become the traditional concert opener “Personent hodie” sung by the University Singers with accompaniment by the Appalachian Brass Ensemble. The Steely Pan Steel Band will perform a “Christmas Medley” arranged by director Scott Meister.

The Appalachian Gospel Choir will sing “Joy to the World.” The popular “Westminster Carol” will be performed by the Appalachian Trumpet Choir.

Also performing is the Treble Choir singing “Ave Maria” and “What Sweeter Music.” The Blazing Bassoons will perform “You’re a Mean One, Mister Grinch.” The Men’s Glee Club will perform a Bruce Trinkley arrangement of “Ave Maria.”

The “Dance of the Mirlitons” from “The Nutcracker” will be performed by the Appalachian Flute Ensemble. The Trombone Choir will perform “Wassail Song” and the Appalachian Brass Ensemble will perform “In dulci jubilo.”

The University Singers will also perform “Hodie, Christus natus est”and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” The Appalachian Chamber Singers will perform “Jingle Bells.”

Rounding out the evening is “Pas de deux” from “The Nutcracker” and “Sleigh Ride” performed by the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra.

Several of the choirs and ensembles will join the orchestra for “Hallelujah” from Handel’s “Messiah.”