ABERDEEN, S.D. – Light, popular holiday music will add cheer to the holiday
season during the annual NSU Holiday Extravaganza Concert Dec. 15.
Participating groups are the Northern State University Symphonic Band, Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony, NSU Concert Choir and NSU Chamber Choir.
The concert will be 3 p.m. in the Johnson Fine Arts Center on the NSU campus.
“The concert will be a joyful musical celebration of the Christmas season, 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: “Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” by Robert W. Smith; “Symphonic Sketches on O Come Emmanuel,” by David Gorham; and “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson.
Led by director of choral activities Tim Woods, the NSU Concert Choir selections will include “O Holy Night” by Jeff Haskell; “Ave Maria” by Anton Bruckner; and “Festival Sanctus” by John Leavitt. The choir will join forces later in the concert with the Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony.
The Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony, under the baton of NSU Director of Orchestras Robert Vodnoy, will perform “Overture to Miracle on 34th Street” by Bruce Broughton and “Christmas Wishes” by Bill Holcombe.
Finally, the Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony and the NSU Concert Choir will present “Christmas Music for Voices” by Aberdeen native and Hollywood composer John Cacavas. They will also be performing movements from Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” as well as a traditional public
sing-along of the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah.
Admission is $5 for senior citizens and $7 for adults. There is no charge for school-aged children or university students with ID.
Photos, from top: Perkins, Woods, Vodnoy