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Holiday Cheer Arrives in Song Dec. 1 at Appalachian

BOONE — A variety of songs and compositions ushers in the holiday season at Appalachian State University when performing groups from the School of Music presents its annual Christmas Scholarship Concert.

The program featuring 10 performing groups begins at 7:30 p.m. in Farthing Auditorium. Admission is $5 for nonstudents and $2 for students. Children under age 6 will be admitted free.

All proceeds benefit music scholarships at Appalachian.

Concert coordinator Steve Hopkins directs the University Singers and Joe Phelps directs the Brass Choir in Larry Hoggard’s “Personent hodie.” Brian Bailey accompanies the groups on organ.

The University Singers also perform “A Little Christmas Music” arranged by Daryl Runswick. Soprano Julia Pedigo, flutist Nancy Scheenloch and pianist Brian Bailey join the group.

The Jazz Vocal Ensemble directed by Todd Wright performs “A Child is Born/Christmas Time is Here.”

The Brass Choir directed by Karen Robertson Smith performs “A Carol Festival,”

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In” and “In dulci jubilo.”

Female voices unite in “Angels Carol” and “Carol of the Bells” when the Treble Choir takes the stage. The choir is directed by Priscilla Peebles.

The holiday favorites “Silver Bells” and “O Little Town of Bethlehem” are

performed by the vocal ensemble “What’s Yer Pleasure” directed by Jason Remley.

André Thomas’s “Here’s a Pretty Little Baby” is performed by the Appalachian Chorale directed by Brian Bailey.

Selections from “The Nutcracker Suite” will be performed by the Guitar Ensemble directed by Douglas James.

The Chamber Singers perform the “Christmas Waltz.” The singers are directed by Steve Hopkins.

The popular “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson is performed by the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra. Jay Jackson is guest director.

The program concludes with “Hallelujah” by George F. Handel performed by the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra, the Appalachian Chorale, the University Singers, the Chamber Singers, the Men’s Glee Club and the Treble Choir.

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