FROSTBURG —

A colorful collection of ensembles and musical groups from the Frostburg State University Department of Music will join forces to present their annual Holiday Concert on Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center.

A reception will follow the event.

The wind ensemble, conducted by Joshua Long, will perform “March of the Toys/Toyland” from the 1903 operetta “Babes in Toyland” by Victor Herbert, arranged by Tom Wallace; the deeply moving, emotional work “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Gustav Holst, arranged by Robert W. Smith; “Patapan,” an ancient French melody, arranged by Tom Wallace; and the holiday classic, “Carol of the Bells,” arranged by Chip Davis and Robert Longfield.

The chamber singers, led by James Reddan, have chosen the Slovak folksong “Prsi, Prsi” arranged by Miroslav Hronek and Paul John Rudoi’s arrangement of “Yonder Come Day,” the traditional Georgia Sea Islands spiritual. Samantha Donaldson will be the featured soloist for “Yonder Come Day.”

The university chorale, also conducted by Reddan, will perform the beautiful, evocative piece, “The Snow,” by Edward Elgar and the classic William Dawson version of the American spiritual, “Ezekiel Saw de Wheel,” which will feature a solo performance by Zee Mollon.

The string ensemble, conducted by Karen Lau, have selected “Romanian Folk Dances” a suite of six short pieces composed in 1915 by Béla Bartók, arranged by Arthur Willner, and “Waltz” from the sentimental comic ballet “Coppelia,” with music by Léo Delibes, arranged by Jeff Manookian.

The piano ensemble, under the direction of Jay DeWire, will perform a two-piano, eight-hand arrangement of “Danse macabre,” written by the French composer Camille Saint-Saëns as an orchestral tone poem based on a French superstition about Death appearing every Halloween at midnight. When “Danse macabre” first premiered in 1875, the public initially rejected it as too dark and demonic, but since then, the piece has steadily gained popularity. The work has been performed in concerts throughout the world and has been choreographed for dance performances and used in film and television programs.

The guitar ensemble, directed by Patrick Sise, will present Albert Hague’s “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” a children’s Christmas song that was written and composed for the 1966 cartoon special “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” The song’s lyrics describe the Grinch as being foul, bad-mannered and sinister, using increasingly creative put-downs, metaphors and similes, beginning with the opening line, “You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch.”

An audience sing-along will conclude the concert, as the wind ensemble and university chorale will lead the easy holiday medley for band and choir, “A Holiday Sing-Along,” arranged by John Moss and Audrey Snyder.

Admission is free for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available at the door. Cash and credit cards are accepted.

For more information, call 301-687-4109.

CUMBERLAND TIMES-NEWS, ctn@times-news.com

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