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ONU Department of Music to perform holiday concert

Ohio Northern University's Wind Orchestra performs as a group in front of the Ada community each December with the annual

Ohio Northern University's Wind Orchestra performs as a group in front of the Ada community each December with the annual "Gaudete: It's Not Quite Christmas Yet" concert. (photo/ONU Communications & Marketing)

Ohio Northern University’s Department of Music presents a holiday concert each year, but it is always advertised as the “it’s not quite Christmas yet” celebration. “Gaudete: The It’s Not Quite Christmas Yet” will prepare the ONU and Ada communities for the approaching holiday season with festive musical numbers presented by the ONU Wind and Symphony orchestras in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 10.

The ONU Wind Orchestra begins the program, under the direction of Professor of Music Thomas Hunt. The group will perform four pieces: Ron Nelson’s "Lauds (Praise High Day)," Yasuhide Ito’s "Gloriosa," David Gillingham’s "Providence" and Robert Reynold’s arrangement of Morten Lauridsen’s "O Magnum Mysterium."

Senior music and marketing major Kellen Robacki, a veteran member of the ONU Wind Orchestra, reflects on her final performance with the orchestra:

“The pieces are festive and exciting. This concert is the perfect way to conclude my music education here at ONU,” she said.

ONU Music Director Travis Jürgens chose dynamic pieces for the ONU Symphony Orchestra to perform on Saturday. The orchestra will perform three musical numbers: Alan Hovhaness’s "Psalm and Fugue," Aaron Copland’s "Variations on a Shaker Melody" and Tchaikovsky’s iconic "Nutcracker Suite No. 1."

Senior music performance and music education students Jessica Wise and Maggie Bittner will each conduct a portion of the program. Wise will conduct Copland’s "Variations on a Shaker Melody." As she sends in her graduate school applications, she hopes to continue directing musical pieces.

I’m so excited to be conducting the Symphony Orchestra for my very last time as a student conductor,” Wise commented. “It’s been my pleasure working with these incredibly talented students. It [Copland’s "Variations on a Shaker Melody"] is a very beautiful piece and the students put a lot of emotion into it every time we rehearse it. I can’t wait to hear the outcome of their hard work.”

Tickets are $5 for ONU students and can be purchased at the Freed Center’s box office, or here

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