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Saint Xavier University Choral Ensembles present winter concert

“Anticipating the Season of Joy” will feature festive winter and holiday music

Chicago (Nov. 4, 2005) –Saint Xavier University’s Women’s and Men’s Choral Ensembles, under the direction of Dr. Jan Bickel and accompanied by pianist Daniel Surma, will present a winter music concert on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m. in the Rehearsal/Performance Space of the Warde Academic Center, 3700 W. 103rd St. 

The concert, titled “Anticipating the Season of Joy,” will feature performances by both the Women’s and Men’s Ensembles. The Women’s Ensemble will perform Gwyneth Walker’s “The Tree of Peace” and “So Many Angels,” as well as Joseph Clokey’s “A Snow Legend.” In addition, the group will perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Magnificat,” featuring Saint Xavier alum Stephanie Wright and Saint Xavier Professor of flute studies, Martha Morris, as soloists. 

The Men’s Ensemble will be performing several traditional pieces including “Do You Hear What I Hear,” arranged by Harry Simeone, “Go Tell it on the Mountain,” arranged by John Work and “Stopping by a Woods on a Snowy Evening,” composed by Randall Thompson. 

The choirs will also be performing several upbeat selections including “African Noel,” “Calypso Noel” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” In addition, the ensembles will present joint performances of Jay Althouse’s “In December,” Philip Hagemann’s “Fruitcake” and Mark Hayes’ “Winter Wonderland of Snow.”

The concert is open to the public. General admission is $6, and senior and visiting student admission is $5. Admission is free for all Saint Xavier students, faculty and staff with an ID. 

For more information about the concert, please contact Dr. Jan Bickel at (773) 298-3425.  


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