Eastern Illinois University's outstanding wind, brass and percussion students will help usher in the holiday spirit with a concert featuring well-known carols in a variety of genres.
The Instrumental Division Holiday Concert, a new EIU tradition, is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, in the Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center.
The concert, sponsored by the EIU Department of Music, will include genres from jazz to classical, performed by chamber groups to large ensembles.
The program includes "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," "Silent Night" and "Angels We Have Heard on High" by the Castle Brass; Beethoven's "Quintet" Op. 71 and IV. "Rondo" by the Doudna West Winds; "Coventry Carol" by the Flute Choir; "Horns A'Caroling" by the Horn Choir; "Good King Wenceslas" by the Jazz Ensemble; "Carol of the Kings" by the Percussion Ensemble; Dvorak's String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 “American” by the String Quartet; "Sleigh Ride" and Gruber's "Stille Nacht" by the Wind Symphony; and "Rondo" by the Wind Symphony Clarinet Quartet.
The student groups are coached by EIU studio faculty Rebecca Johnson (flute), Magie Smith (clarinet), Katie McBain (horn), Terence Mayhue (percussion) and Maureen Murchie (violin/viola), with additional instruction provided by studio instructors Joe Martin (oboe), Sam Fagaly (saxophone), Mark Degoti (trumpet), Al Horney (trombone/euphonium) and Todd French (tuba).
Paul Johnston (piano), David Fink (bass) and Fagaly provide instruction for featured jazz studies students.
Fagaly is the conductor of the EIU Jazz Ensemble; Mayhue, the EIU Percussion Ensemble; and Milton Allen, the EIU Wind Symphony.
Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for senior citizens and EIU employees, and $5 for students. Reservations are strongly recommended. For reservations, contact Doudna Patron Services at email@example.com or 217-581-3110, or visit the Doudna Box Office 2-6 p.m. weekdays (closed Nov. 24-28).
The Doudna Fine Arts Center, a division of EIU's College of Arts and Humanities, is located one block west of Ninth Street at Garfield Avenue in Charleston.For more information, visit the Web site at http://www.eiu.edu/doudna.