College, community musicians to perform holiday gala

By Jennifer Stogsdill

'Tis the season of giving, so as a gift to the Laramie County Community College students and staff and the Cheyenne regional community, the LCCC Jazz Ensemble, Kantorei Singers, Collegiate Chorale and Wind Symphony will perform their traditional Holiday Gala in early December.

"This concert gives people a chance to hear short performances by a variety of musical groups, and at the end we do a big piece all together," Nancy Cornish, LCCC choir director, said.

"Most other concerts LCCC has put on just feature one group," Gary Hall, LCCC coordinator of instrumental music, said. "This concert has more diversity and is a snippet of group performance to showcase everything."

The LCCC Kantorei Singers will perform "Carol of the Bells" by M. Leontovich, arranged by Peter J. Wilhousky and "The Alfred Burt Carols, Sets I and II" with lyrics by Bates G. Burt and Wihla Hutson and music by Alfred S. Burt, arranged by Hawley Ades.

The LCCC Collegiate Chorale will perform "Ding Dong Merrily On High," a traditional English Carol, arranged by Howard Cable; "Candlelight Carol" with lyrics and music by John Rutter; "Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burnin'" a spiritual, arranged by André Thomas and "Magnificat-The Canticle of the Blessed Virgin" by Jean Berger.

The Collegiate Chorale and Wind Symphony will then perform "On with the Snow" by Douglas E. Wagner.

"We will perform some of the same songs from the Christmas Choral Festival, but we will also sing some fun, jazzy, original Christmas carols by Alfred Burt," Cornish said.

The bands haven't chosen their music yet because they start out by practicing 11 or 12 pieces, and then when it gets to about two practices before the concert, they pick about two of their best pieces to perform.

"This concert is all holiday-related music, more of a music of the season thanks to the faculty and community of LCCC," Hall said.

"We have the college musical groups featured performing a variety of holiday tunes to help get people in the holiday mood," Cornish added.

This free concert is open to the public and will be on Friday, Dec. 9, at the Cheyenne Civic Center at 7:30 p.m.