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Music ensembles presenting concerts for the holiday season

Many holiday concerts are coming up at Ohio Northern University. (Northern Review photo/Kasy Long)

How many of you have turned on your favorite holiday songs as you prepare for final exams? Immediately after Thanksgiving, I added the Christmas station to my Pandora music account. I couldn’t wait to hear “Sleigh Ride,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” and “Jingle Bell Rock.” The holiday season is a joyous time, and, thankfully, there are catchy tunes to listen to while hanging up your holiday decorations.

For Ohio Northern University’s Department of Music, the holiday season is a busy time for music students. Four holiday concerts are approaching, and each event will put you in the holiday spirit.

The University Singers and Chamber Singers will present a holiday concert on Monday, December 8, at 8 p.m. in the Snyder Recital Hall inside ONU’s Presser Hall. The free concert will include music from the groups’ earlier concerts, with added contemporary music by Joseph Martin, Brad Holmes, Michael McGlynn, and Bobby McFerrin.

The performance will have early American music, as well as traditional Finnish Yoik that was featured in the Choral Collage as part of October’s homecoming weekend. The concert will conclude with selections from The Messiah, featuring faculty soloists Summer Aebker and Lance Ashmore.

Then, the Small Ensembles will present a “Something for Everyone” concert on Wednesday, December 10, at 8 p.m. in Snyder Recital Hall. The free show will feature ONU seniors Elizabeth Druesedow, a music performance major; Brandon Guillen, a mathematical statistics major; and Nicole Well, a music performance major. The students will perform their favorite pieces in a chamber music setting.

Additional musical selections will be presented by the horn choir, directed by Thomas Hunt; the flute choir, directed by Erin Torres; the string ensemble, led by Florin Simioanca; and the steel drum band, directed by Sarah Waters.

The ONU Jazz Band will present its holiday concert, titled “Basie and Beyond,” on Thursday, December 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts. As you might expect, the event will feature Count Basie classics being showcased by several student soloists, the ONU Jazz Combo, and a guest trumpet soloist, David Sycks, a band director at nearby Bluffton High School. Tickets are $5 for all students and can be purchased at the Freed Center’s box office.

The final fall semester concert features the ONU Wind and Symphony Orchestras presenting a “Gaudete” concert on Saturday, December 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Freed Center. Tickets are $5 for ONU students and can be purchased at the Freed Center’s box office.

In the study of religion, Gaudete Sunday is the third Sunday of Advent. The orchestra will perform pieces inspired by religion, including music by Jesse Ayers, Jennifer Higdon, and Arvo Pärt. Ayers, the composer of “Veni Emmanuel,” will be a special guest composer for the concert. Other pieces include Higdon’s “Blue Cathedral,” Pärt’s “Silouan’s Song,” and Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 96 (The Miracle).

All Department of Music concerts are also open to the Ada community.


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