Missouri S&T choirs to perform holiday concert

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On November 21, 2014

2010 04 11 MST Concert choir edit file 014The Missouri University of Science and Technology Chamber Choir, University Choir and Men’s Choir will perform in a combined holiday concert on the Missouri S&T campus this December.

The concert, titled “A Celebration of Winter through Song,” will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in Leach Theatre of Castleman Hall, 10th and Main streets in Rolla. Lorie Francis, a lecturer in arts, languages and philosophy, will direct the choirs.

Tickets are $5 for the general public and free for S&T faculty, staff and students who present a valid campus I.D. and youth age 18 or younger. Tickets can be purchased 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Leach Theatre Box Office located in the vestibule of the main entrance of Castleman Hall, facing 10th Street, or by calling 573-341-4219.

The members of all three choirs will open the performance with a rendition of “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson.

The Chamber Choir will then take the stage and perform all six pieces of John Rutter’s “When Icicles Hang.” Jerrad Kaiser, a senior in mechanical engineering from Troy, Missouri, will accompany the choir on the piano and David Varner, a senior in mechanical engineering from Platte City, Missouri, will perform a tenor solo during the pieces.

“Rutter was asked to write a seasonal, but not specifically Christmas work for a December concert in 1973 and the result was these six pieces,” says Francis. “Two of the pieces, ‘Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind’ and ‘Good Ale,’ are perhaps the best known of the set.”

The University Choir will then perform “Jubilate Deo” by Laszlo Halmos.

The newly formed Men’s Choir will round out the performance with “Let there be Light” by Craig Courtney and “Gaudete!” by Michael Engelhardt.

For more information on the concert or Missouri S&T choirs, contact Francis at lorief@mst.edu, or call the Missouri S&T performing arts office at 573-341-4185.

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