ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Northern State University Symphonic Band, Aberdeen University Community Symphony, NSU Concert Choir and NSU Chamber Choir will present the annual Holiday Extravaganza concert Sunday, Dec. 9.
The concert will be at 3 p.m. at the Johnson Fine Arts Center on the NSU campus. Admission is $5 for senior citizens and $7 for adults. There is no charge for school-aged children or for university students with ID.
All ensembles will present light and popular holiday music to cheer your holiday season.
“The concert will be a joyful musical celebration of the Christmas and Hanukkah seaso,n including everyone’s favorite popular holiday music,” said NSU Director of Bands Boyd Perkins.
The NSU Symphonic Band, conducted by Perkins, will present three selections: “Christmas Declaration” by Robert W. Smith, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and “A Most Wonderful Christmas” by Robert Sheldon.
Led by Director of Choral Activities Tim Woods, the NSU Concert Choir will perform “A Ceremony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten, accompanied by pianist Allan Jacobson. NSU student pianist Jordan Melius will accompany “Come, Colours Rise” by Grant McLachlan. The choir also will join forces musically with the Symphonic Band and the Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony.
“This is the first year the Concert Choir will join forces with both the Symphonic Band and Orchestra,” Woods said. “The choir will perform ‘St. Patrick’s Hymn’ by Dan Forrest with the Symphonic Band in addition to two selections with the Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony.”
The Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony, under the baton of NSU Director of Orchestras Robert Vodnoy, will perform “Festive Sounds of Hanukkah” by Bill Holcombe. As a finale, the Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony and the NSU Concert Choir will combine to present the popular soundtrack from John Williams’ “Home Alone,” as well as a traditional public sing-along of the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah.”
Perkins continued by thanking the community and NSU administration.
“The NSU Music Department would like to wish everyone in the Aberdeen community a joyous holiday season and thank the community of Aberdeen and the administrative leaders of NSU for their continued support of the fine arts,” he said. “Without the support of the community and administration, celebratory occasions like the Holiday Extravaganza would not be possible.”