Posted at 5 p.m. Nov. 9, 2016
’Tis the season for Christmas singin’
Ensemble goes traditional
The winter holidays are here and to celebrate, the Music Department’s small and large ensembles will soon be giving holiday concert performances.
The Small Ensemble concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the LCCC Playhouse. This concert will feature the LCCC Celtic Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Vocal Cantorei.
The Jazz Ensemble, under direction of LCCC instrumental music instructor Erin Bauer, is planning to perform five upbeat arrangements with some of them featuring solos and a duet, including:
- “Christmas Time is Here,” featuring a trombone solo.
- “Everyone is Waiting for the Man with the Bag,” featuring an alto saxophone solo.
- “The First Noel,” featuring a trumpet duet.
- “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”
- “Christmas Island,” which was performed in 1945 by the Andrews Sisters.
- “Caroling, Caroling,” a traditional song with jazz harmonies.
- “Coventry Carol,” a traditional carol.
- “The Snow Lay on the Ground,” an English-Irish Carol.
- “Mary, Did You Know?,” a traditional song performed in a capella.
- “O Holy Night,” a traditional carol.
Bauer said there will be cookies and hot chocolate available before the performance along with a group of wind instrument players playing some traditional Christmas music in the lobby during the hour before the concert. She also said the previous Small Ensemble performance, which was also at the LCCC Playhouse, was standing-room only. Bauer recommends everyone come early to ensure a seat.
The Large Ensemble’s holiday concert will be held at 3 p.m. on Dec. 11 at South High School. Performances will be given by the LCCC Wind Symphony, Collegiate Chorale, and String Ensemble.
The LCCC Wind Symphony, directed by Bauer, will be performing more traditional, quiet, and reflective arrangements. Some of the pieces planned for the performance are:
- “Away in a Manger”
- “Silent Night”
- “The Holly and the Ivy,” a fun version of the traditional English carol in which different key changes and articulations can be heard.
- “Pengyou, Ting! (Listen, Friend!),” a traditional Chinese melody sung in Chinese and paired with an anonymous Chinese text.
- “He, Watching Over Israel” (from “Elijah”), a beautiful setting from the larger oratorio, “Elijah” with piano accompaniment.
- “Erev Shel Shoshanim (Evening of Roses),” an old Israeli folksong sung in Hebrew that speaks of the evening roses with myrrh.
- “Nunc Dimitis,” a non-standard holiday carol but traditional piece often sung at the St. Olaf Christmas recordings and describes leaving in peace.
Wagner has not finalized the arrangements for the Dec. 11 performance but said she is planning for traditional and popular arrangements to be performed.