Musical Merrymaking in two Holiday Concerts

Published: December 03, 2013 | Read Time: 2 minutes

Ring, sing and revel in the holiday season when SUU’s music department showcases its talented students in two seasonal performances this week.

The first performance: SUU’s second annual Piano Monster Concert, Monster Concert Goes Christmas, on Wednesday, December 4, at 7 p.m. in the Cedar City Heritage Theatre on Main Street.

In high demand after last year’s original piano monster concert, Monster Concert Goes Christmas will feature piano duets and ensembles from pianists of all ages and abilities across the community. More than 75 musicians, utilizing multiple pianos and grand pianos, will share the stage to perform an exciting collection of holiday music, directed by SUU Professor and concert pianist Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel.

Among the evening’s musicians: SUU’s new Piano Ensemble, which will round out eh evening’s community performances with festive works of impressive difficulty.

With a singular Christmas theme, the sounds of the evening will satisfy all musical styles, ranging from “Jingle Bells” to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Overture to the Nutcracker Suite.”

With sounds just as sweet, the Music Department will then present The Sounds of Christmas: A Celebration of Holiday Music, on Friday, December 6, also at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Theatre.

Featuring an incredible ensemble of musical talent, including SUU’s Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Concert Choir, Opus Choir and Women’s Choir, Sounds of Christmas will offer a broad sampling of holiday sounds across continents and centuries.

The evening’s festive selection of music has been chosen and conducted by SUU Faculty members Dr. Adam Lambert, Dr. Kevin L. Baker, Dr. Xun Sun and Shannon Birch.

Varied ensembles will perform everything from Randall Bass’ “Gloria” to “have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

SUU students may attend both performances for free with a valid student I.D.

The public is, of course, also welcome to attend both seasonal performances, marking months of preparation from the University’s music students and faculty. Tickets to “Piano Monster Concert Goes Christmas” are $6 for adults, $4 for SUU faculty and staff, and $3 for youth. Tickets to “The Sounds of Christmas: A Celebration of Holiday Music” are $10 for Adults, $8 for SUU faculty and staff, and $5 for youth.

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