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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY CONCERT LINEUP

November 19, 2008
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY CONCERT LINEUP

Holiday music performed by university ensembles, guest conductors & faculty members

Special guest soloists and sing-a-long complete the program!

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008, 7 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Nov. 18, 2008George Mason University’s Department of Music announces its highly anticipated Holiday Concert on Dec. 7 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. The George Mason University ensembles that will perform in this year’s concert are the Chamber Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra, University Chorale, University Singers and Select Women’s Chorale.

This year, the roster of special guest conductors includes John Paul Phaup, Managing Director of Investments of the Phaup Brown Wealth Management Group of Wachovia Securities in McLean, Virginia, and a trustee of the George Mason University Foundation and Vice Chairman of Arts at Mason. In addition to the music department faculty who will be performing, Rick Davis, Associate Provost and Artistic Director of the Center for the Arts, will narrate “T’was the Night Before Christmas.”

Phaup Brown Wealth Management Group of Wachovia Securities is the sponsor of the George Mason University Holiday Concert. The media sponsor for the Holiday Concert is Classical WETA 90.9 FM. 

Program

George Mason University Chamber Orchestra

 Professor Anthony Maiello, conductor

Greensleeves                  Ralph Vaughn Williams

Kathleen O’Hara, student conductor

George Mason University Symphony Orchestra

Professor Anthony Maiello, conductor

A Christmas Festival                  Leroy Anderson

 

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring                  Johann Sebastian Bach

Joe Van Riper, student conductor

Dance of the Jesters                  Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Joel Borrelli-Boudreau, student conductor

Festive Sounds of Hanukkah                  Arr. Bill Holcombe

Jingle Bells Forever                  Arr. Robert Smith

John P. Phaup, guest conductor

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas                  Randol Bass

Dr. Rick Davis, narrator

George Mason University Faculty Holiday Trio

Holiday Medley                  Traditional

Dr. Stan Engebretson, Professor Anthony Maiello, Dr. Linda Apple Monson, soloists

George Mason University Symphony Orchestra, University Chorale & Select Women’s Chorale

Home Alone                  John Williams

                  I. Somewhere in My Memory

                  III. Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas!

Vincent Oppido, student conductor

George Mason University Combined Choirs

Plaudite                  Giovanni Gabrieli

Dr. Lisa A. Billingham, conductor

George Mason University Chorale & Select Women’s Chorale

Jubilate Deo from Tres Cantus Laudendi                  Mack Wilberg

Julie Neish, student conductor

Jane Kaye, accompanist

Coventry Carol                  Arr. Darmon Meader

Professor Mary Ann East, conductor

George Mason University Chorale

Dr. Lisa A. Billingham, conductor

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas                  Arr. Harry Simeone

Jane Kaye, accompanist

George Mason University Singers

Dr. Stan Engebretson, conductor

Resonet in Laudibus                  14th Century Carol, Arr. Chet Alwes

Jamelle Berry, student conductor

Les Anges dans nos Campagnes                  Arr. Archibald T. Davison

Jamie Sample, student conductor

Ave Maria                  Franz Biebl

Jingle Bells                  Traditional English, Arr. King’s Singers

George Mason University Symphony Orchestra & Combined Choirs

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

There will be a brief intermission between each group change.

Phaup Brown Wealth Management Group of Wachovia Securities

is the sponsor of the George Mason University Holiday Concert. 

Classical WETA 90.9 FM is the media sponsor of

the 2008 George Mason University Holiday Concert.

 

Tickets for the George Mason University Holiday Concert 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 www.tickets.com. 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 www.gmu.edu/cfa

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.