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Music Department Plans Two Holiday Season Concerts

Collegium Musicum to Perform Dec. 5 and Annual Winter Holiday Concert Slated for Dec. 8

November 25, 2013

Members of the College-Community Chorus are featured at WC's Spring Concert.

Members of the College-Community Chorus are featured at WC's Spring Concert.

Wilmington College’s Collegium Musicum, Wilmington College Chorale and College-Community Chorus will perform in concert during the final week of the semester.

Collegium Musicum, an early music performance ensemble, will present its semiannual, noon hour mini-concert Dec. 5, at 11:30 a.m., in Harcum Art Gallery, while the Chorale and College-Community Chorus will be featured at the annual Winter Holiday Concert Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m., in Hugh G. Heiland Theatre.

Both concerts are free of charge.

The Collegium, under the direction of Elizabeth Haskins, will present a program titled “Celebrate with Song and Dance” that includes instrumental arrangements of 16th century Italian and French dances, a Dutch song, a piece by Henry VIII of England and Christmas carols from Germany and Austria.

Since the Thursday concert benefits the Clinton County Homeless Shelter, audience members are encouraged to bring donations of canned goods, cleaning supplies, paper products and baby care items. A light lunch will be available.

The Sunday Winter Holiday Concert will open with music by the College-Community Chorus, which Haskins also conducts.

Its program, “A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten,” will honor the late English composer in the year of his 100th birthday anniversary. The work, published in 1943, is an engaging setting of Medieval English and Latin carol texts originally written for treble voices and harp.

The chorus will sing an arrangement for mixed chorus, soloists and harp. Harpist Genie Ghiergartner not only acts as an accompanist for the ensemble and soloists but also plays a solo harp interlude within the larger work.

The Wilmington College Chorale, directed by Tim Carpenter, will present a set of pieces looking at the holiday season from different perspectives, including sacred selections from both Christian and Jewish traditions, and secular pieces of winter and the holiday season.

Selections will include the new motet, “O Magnum Mysterium,” by Swedish composer Ivo Antongnini, in addition to Alfred Burt’s timeless “Some Children See Him” and a new choral setting of “Jingle Bells” based on Barbra Streisand’s version of that tune.

Rachel Kramer will provide piano accompaniment.