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  **For Immediate Release**
Holiday Music Fills the Air at OPSU
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 12-06-05
by Rebecca Bichsel

The Oklahoma Panhandle State University Music Department celebrated the holiday season in Hughes-Strong Auditorium last night with the holiday concert, “Tis the Season . . . for Music.” The OPSU choirs and bands performed an arrangement of traditional and classical holiday music.

Although the OPSU choirs and bands are composed mostly of students, they also welcome the participation of community members. So the holiday concert was truly a community event last night and was well attended by students, faculty, staff and the general community. The OPSU Jazz Band opened the concert with “Bags Groove” and “Blue Boosa.” Then all the children were invited to the stage to sing “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” and receive candy canes.

A processional followed by the OPSU Chamber Singers, who sang “Resonet in laudibus,” opening the classical portion of the performance. The ensemble also sang a collection of carols and lullabies. The OPSU Concert Choir followed with Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” a beautiful classical performance that captured the spirit of the season. OPSU adjunct voice faculty Cari Earnhart performed three solos with the choir, and choir members Sarah Whitfield and Melody Gum also sang a solo. Tracey Gregg Boothby conducted both the Chamber Singers and the Concert Choir, and Rene Brain accompanied on piano. Just before intermission, the women of the Concert Choir sang “Canon of Praise” with student conductor Ian McCulloch and accompanist Rene Brain.

After intermission, Mariachi OPSU, conducted by Jason Berg, sang “El Rey” and the traditional “Las Mananitas.” Following an all-sing of “Silent Night” with the Chamber Singers, the OPSU Concert Band, also conducted by Jason Berg, performed several pieces that included a selection of songs from the “Nutcracker Suite.” The performance ended with an uplifting performance of “Sleigh Ride” which put everyone in the holiday spirit.

After the concert, the audience and performers were invited to the tree lighting on the plaza of the OPSU campus and to a holiday reception.

The Music Department at OPSU enjoys sharing the music they have been practicing all semester and appreciates all of the friends who attended last night’s celebration.

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