Christmas at Silver Lake

December 2, 2010

On December 4th and 5th, Silver Lake College will present its third annual “Christmas at Silver Lake”.  Beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 4th, the Silver Lake Chorale, the Concert Choir, and the Hand Bell Ensemble will present a concert of classic and modern Christmas works.

Under the direction of Damon Carlson, the Concert Choir will feature music by John Rutter and Paul Manz, while the Silver Lake Chorale, also under Damon Carlson, will present the classic “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” “What Cheer,” by William Walton, and will also feature the world premier of a commissioned work  by Michael Fetzer, “Zu Bethlehem Georen”.

The Hand Bell Ensemble, under direction of award-winning instructor Sandra Eithun, will present a number of selections including “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence,” an ethereal setting of the Advent hymn which begins and ends with a haunting singing bell technique, and “Believe,” the title song from the movie Polar Express, which will use sleigh bells and wind chimes to add a shimmery winter effect.

Saturday night’s concert will also feature pieces combining the Concert Choir and the Hand Bell Ensemble, as well as carols, with which the audience will be invited to sing along.

On Sunday, December 5, at 3:00 p.m., the Silver Lake College instrumental ensembles, under the direction of Jeremiah Eis, will present their Winter concert. The concert will feature the Wind and Jazz ensembles.

The Wind Ensemble will open the concert with A Christmas Festival by Leroy Anderson. Other selections include “Still, Still, Still” by Ed. Huckeby, “Christmas on Broadway” by John Higgins, and “Stars and Stripes for Christmas” by John Philip Sousa and John Foster.

The Silver Lake Jazz Ensemble will conclude the instrumental concert with a series of jazz favorites. Selections includeHow High the Moon,” “The Peanut Vendor,” and Blue Moon,” featuring vocalist Tammy Reigel.

Both concerts will take place in the Silver Lake College Chapel, and are free and open to the public.  All are encouraged to stay after each concert to enjoy complimentary hot cocoa, and to talk with the students and directors.

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