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.

Small Ensemble

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:

The Vocal Cantorei, under direction of LCCC vocal music instructor Beth Kean, will also be performing five arrangements, one of which will be a traditional song but in the style of the Pentatonix, a popular a capella group, Additionally the group will perform: The Celtic Ensemble, under direction of Ed Novotny, will also perform on Dec. 1. However, the arrangements that will be performed have not been decided upon. Novotny said the group is planning to perform some traditional pieces. In addition, there is the possibility of Pachelbel’s Canon, which will give each instrument musician in the group a chance to play the melody or an arrangement by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

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.

Large ensemble

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:

The String Ensemble and its director, Susan Wagner, are making a comeback this semester. Wagner previously taught Music History at LCCC several years ago and has returned as the String Ensemble instructor. In addition to directing the LCCC String Ensemble, Wagner gives cello lessons on campus and also directs the elementary orchestras in select Laramie County School District NO. 1 schools. The String Ensemble has not performed for a number of years and currently has about 16-18 members. Like the other ensembles on campus, the String Ensemble members are from the LCCC student population as well as the Cheyenne community.

Wagner has not finalized the arrangements for the Dec. 11 performance but said she is planning for traditional and popular arrangements to be performed.