Missouri University of Science and Technology’s choirs will sing a variety of carols during their holiday concert scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in Leach Theater of Castleman Hall, 10th and Main streets in Rolla. A cookie reception will be held in Room 138 Castleman Hall following the concert.
Tickets are $5 for adults and free for Missouri S&T students and youth age 18 and younger. Tickets are available between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and one hour before the performance in the Leach Theatre Box Office.
The Chamber and University Choirs are directed by Lorie Francis, lecturer in the arts, languages and philosophy department at Missouri S&T.
The University Choir will begin with two traditional selections, “Coventry Carol,” a 16th century piece arranged by Darmon Meader, and “S’Vivon,” a Hanukkah dreidel song. The Chamber Choir will perform “Exsultate justi in Domino,” by Brant Adams; “Carol of the Bells,” by Mykola Leontovich; and an updated arrangement of Alfred Burt’s “Caroling, Caroling,” by Michele Weir. Men from both choirs will sing “Good News!,” by Jay Althouse.
Both choirs will join for a set of three Appalachian carols arranged by Gwyneth Walker. “These pieces either originated in the Appalachian Mountains or were adopted and transformed by this region,” says Francis. “Many consider these a part of the folk and spiritual tradition of the Appalachian musical heritage. The carols will include ‘Wondrous Love,’ in an almost processional style; ‘Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head,’ a Kentucky folk carol where a male and female singer represent parents; and ‘Go Tell it on the Mountain.'”
For more information, contact Francis at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the performing arts office at 573-341-4185.