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Annual ‘Christmas at Monmouth’ concert to be performed Dec. 2


MONMOUTH, Ill. – The holiday spirit will be in full flow Dec. 2 at Monmouth College, when the College’s annual “Christmas at Monmouth” concert will be performed.

Featuring the College’s Chorale, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Chamber Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, “Christmas at Monmouth” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Kasch Performance Hall of Dahl Chapel and Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

“The students and faculty love the ‘Christmas at Monmouth’ concert and look forward to it all fall,” said Associate Professor of Music Tim Pahel, who directs the Choral and Chamber Choir. “It is special not only because of the holiday music we perform, but because of the wonderful audiences we have every year, the beautiful lighting, the readings and the audience sing-along carols. There really is a wonderful feeling to the concert, and it is a great way to get into the holiday spirit.”

The Concert Choir, directed by Tom Clark, will perform Andre Thomas’s arrangement of “African Noel” with drums and bass guitar and “Bound for the Promised Land,” arranged by Mack Wilberg, with accompaniment for four-hand piano.

The Chamber Orchestra, directed by Carolyn Suda, will perform “Waltz of the Flowers” from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.

The Wind Ensemble, directed by Stacy Dziuk, will perform arrangements of the carols “Greensleeves” and “Ding Dong! Merrily on High.”

A highlight of the selections the Chorale will perform is “How Still He Rests,” featuring a clarinet solo performed by Dziuk, a soprano solo sung by Lydia Hill ’18 of Mendota, Ill., and wind chimes played by Oscar Diaz ’19 of Chicago.

The Chamber Choir will perform a Gregorian chant tune, “Hodie Christus natus est,” as well as seasonal selections such as a jazz-influenced arrangement by Barlow Bradford for choir and piano of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” accompanied by Solee Lee-Clark.

The program will feature several collaborations between music ensembles. The Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra will combine for a performance of Leroy Anderson’s ”Sleigh Ride,” and the Chamber Orchestra and Chorale will perform "Ave Maria" by Vladimir Vavilov. All the choirs and instrumental ensembles will combine at the end of the concert for a rousing performance of “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” arranged by Wilberg.