Elmhurst University bands to give holiday concert Dec. 12

  • Enjoy the holiday music and join in an audience singalong during Elmhurst University's holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 12, featuring the Symphonic Band and the Wind Ensemble.

    Enjoy the holiday music and join in an audience singalong during Elmhurst University's holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 12, featuring the Symphonic Band and the Wind Ensemble. Courtesy of Elmhurst University

 
 
Posted12/8/2021 11:46 AM

On Sunday, Dec. 12, the Elmhurst University Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will present their annual Holiday Concert, featuring a variety of holiday music and concluding with an audience singalong.

The concert will open with the Wind Ensemble performing John Wasson's "Festival Fanfare for Christmas," originally composed for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Rimsky-Korsakov's "Dance of the Tumblers" from the opera "The Snow Maiden," along with the "Adagio" from Arcangelo Corelli's "Christmas Concerto" and Mozart's "Forgiveness" from "The Marriage of Figaro" will provide classical contrast to the jazzy "Blue Shades" by Frank Ticheli.

 

The Elmhurst University Chamber Chorale will be featured in "Somewhere in My Memory," composed by John Williams from his musical score for the movie "Home Alone." The first portion of the concert will conclude with "Minor Alterations" by David Lovrien, a musical twist on Christmas carols as seen through a looking glass.

The Symphonic Band will open the second half of the program with "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," a traditional holiday favorite. A medley of holiday music by Irving Berlin will follow, including "Let's Start the New Year Right" and "White Christmas," originally performed by Bing Crosby in the motion picture "Holiday Inn."

A unique collection of four carols from the Renaissance also will be performed -- carols that are among the most beautiful still sung and performed today, 500 years later. You'll hear those sleigh bells jingling in a wonderful world of snow in Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride," and the concert will conclude with an audience singalong to some of the most delightful Christmas carols from Anderson's famous "Christmas Festival." And who knows, there may be a visit by a jolly gentleman in a red suit!

The Elmhurst University Bands Holiday Concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

To protect the health of our community, campus visitors will be required to wear a mask during all indoor events, regardless of vaccination status. This requirement may change to reflect any new public health guidance.

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