SUU Brings Holiday Cheer with Activities throughout December

Published: December 02, 2011 | Read Time: 2 minutes

With snow-capped welcome, December 1st marked the beginning of the holiday season, and the SUU community has many great opportunities to celebrate.

The festivities begin Monday evening, when SUU’s Music Masterworks will ring in the season with its annual holiday choral concert on December 5. Under the direction of Dr. Kevin L. Baker, this year’s performance will offer a variety of holiday selections, from classic works to longtime favorites with a new twist, such as a Caribbean-styled “Hallelujah, Christ is Born.”

The holiday choral concert draws a crowd year after year, with great music and festive presentation. This year’s concert will include a dramatic candlelight procession and will culminate with a performance of John Rutter’s “Gloria”, a stirring and inspiring piece featuring brass, percussion and organ.

The concert will is at 7:30 p.m. in the Heritage Theater and is open to the public. Admission is free for SUU students with a valid student ID, $8 for adults, $6 for SUU faculty and staff and $4 for youth.

Later that week, SUU’s Wind Symphony will perform in concert at the Heritage Theatre on Wednesday, December 7. Billed as “a perfect holiday evening for the family,” the concert will include celebrated works from Mozart and Brahms as well as a tribute to the holiday season.

The Wind Symphony Concert will also begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for SUU faculty and staff, $3 for youth and free to SUU students (with a valid ID).

Beyond musical performance, the campus community will engage its talents in additional efforts to advance the holiday spirit and showcase the talent of the campus and local community.

As part of the ongoing Story Hour run through the Community Engagement Center, local parents and young children are invited to gather for story time on December 6, at 6 p.m. in room 002 of the Sherratt Library for a holiday-themed story and activities.

This will be the final story hour for the fall semester, part of weekly series promoting literacy among children from two to 10 years of age. It is free and open to the public.

And finally, beginning on December 15 and continuing through the 17, the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s Playmakers program will present the holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol,” which features 40 local youth in a magical adaptation of the classic novel.

The students, ranging in age from seven to 17, have been rehearsing for the Festival’s annual holiday performance since late October.

Aimed at engaging local youth in the arts, the Playmakers program will also host a large portion of Cedar City’s young school-aged children at matinee performances of the holiday classic. Performances for the general public include a 7:30 p.m. performance on the 15 and 16, and a 2:30 p.m. matinee on December 17 in the Randall L. Jones Theatre. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children.

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