The University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac Music Department will present two free holiday concerts in December.
On Friday, Dec. 6, the Fond du Lac Chamber Singers and UW-Fond du Lac Chorus along with the UW-Fond du Lac and Marian University Community Concert Band will perform Songs for Winter at 7:30 p.m. in the Prairie Theater.
The Concert Band, a collaborative ensemble made up of UW-Fond du Lac students, Marian University students and community members, will begin the evening with “Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo” by English composer Sir Malcolm Arnold. Other selections include arrangements of excerpts from Stravinsky’s “The Firebird” suite and Dutch composer Johan de Meij’s “The Lord of the Rings.” The band will also play the multi-movement “Suite Provençale” by Jan Van der Roost and Percy Grainger’s memorable finale from “Lincolnshire Posy” (The Lost Lady Found).
The UW-Fond du Lac Chorus and the Fond du Lac Chamber Singers will perform an arrangement of Robert Frost’s poem “Walking Through the Woods on a Snowy Evening,” Lee Hoiby’s “The Christmas Tree” and the fast paced tune “The Sleigh.” The celeste, played by Michael Dunphy, will be a featured instrument on “The Darkest Midnight in December,” performed by the Fond du Lac Chamber Singers. The Chorus will sing “Blow, Thou Winter Wind,” an arrangement by John Rutter based on the writings of William Shakespeare. The concert is directed by Cara Davis, UW-Fond du Lac music instructor and Brian Lydeen, director of bands and jazz studies at Marian University. Michael Dunphy is the featured accompanist.
On Saturday, Dec. 14, the UW-Fond du Lac Chorus, joined by the Green Lake Area High School Choir and the Encore! Handbell ensemble will perform “A Holiday Carillon” at 7:30 p.m. in the University Center Commons.
The Encore! Handbell ensemble is a touring group based in the Fox Valley. The concert theme, Carillon, is also the name of one of the featured songs that will include 15 ringers and eight octaves of handbells. Encore! will also perform “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” and will combing with Virginia Rogers, harpist, on several selections including “I Wonder as I Wander.” The UW-Fond du Lac Chorus and the Green Lake Area High School Choir will join with the bells and harp for a special performance. This concert will be conducted by Davis and Rogers.
Both concerts are free. For more information call (920) 929-1100.