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November 14, 2007
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Holiday music performed by university ensembles, guest conductors & faculty members—Special guest soloists and sing-a-long complete the program!

Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007 at 7 p.m.

Fairfax, Va., Nov. 8, 2007—George Mason University’s Department of Music announces its highly anticipated holiday concert, "Musical Gifts: From Our House to Your House," on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Traditionally performing to sold out houses, Mason’s Department of Music instrumental and vocal ensembles present a program that includes old seasonal favorites, carols and the always popular audience sing-a-long. This year, the roster of special guest conductors includes Sally Merten, wife of Mason President Alan Merten, as well as several music faculty members. Rick Davis, associate provost and artistic director of the Center for the Arts, narrates “T’was the Night Before Christmas.” The media sponsor for the Holiday Concert is Classical WETA 90.9 FM.


To be selected from the following:

George Mason University Symphony Orchestra

"Christmas Spectacular"  Daniel William Boothe

"Festive Sounds of Hanukah"   Bill Holcomb

"There’s Christmas in the Air"   Traditional, Arr. Carl Strommen

"Carmen Fantasy"  Georges Bizet
Emma Resmini, flute
Judy Lapple, conductor

"Christmas Sketches" Traditional, Arr. Jay Bocook
Charlie Mitchell & Natalie Parrell, trumpet
Allen Smithson, horn
Joe Hinton, trombone
Andy Minor, tuba

George Mason University Chamber Orchestra

"L’Inverno" ("The Winter") Op. 8, No. 4 Antonio Vivaldi
Allegro non molto
Nancy Yeung, violin
Kris Chapman, conductor

"Christmas Concerto" No. 8 Arcangelo Corelli
Andrea Lively & Elisabeth Bacon, violin
Matthew O’Keefe, cello
Carrie Ann Delaney, conductor

GMU Faculty Holiday Trio
Holiday Medley Traditional
Dr. Stan Engebretson, Prof. Anthony Maiello & Dr. Linda Monson

George Mason University Symphony Orchestra
"Jingle Bells Forever" Robert W. Smith

Sally Merten, conductor

"T’was the Night Before Christmas" Traditional
GMU Associate Provost Dr. Rick Davis, narrator


George Mason University Symphony Orchestra & Choirs
"Gloria Francis"  Poulenc
I) Gloria
II) Laudamus te
III) Domine fili unigenite
IV) Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris
Dr. Lisa Billingham & Dr. Stan Engebretson, conductors

Annual Holiday Sing-A-Long Traditional, Arr. Vincent Oppido


Classical WETA 90.9 FM is proud to be the media sponsor of the 2007 George Mason University Holiday Concert.

Tickets for Musical Gifts: From Our House to Your House are $20 adults, $15 students/seniors, and a limited number of tickets are free for students with a valid Mason ID. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit

The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.

About George Mason University

George Mason University, located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, D.C., is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, biotechnology and health care, Mason prepares its students to succeed in the work force and meet the needs of the region and the world. Mason professors conduct groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer, climate change, information technology and the biosciences, and Mason’s Center for the Arts brings world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Its School of Law is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 35 law schools in the United States.