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November 2001

Release Date: November 21, 2001

ASU Choirs Present Holiday Concert as Gift to Community

"Welcome Christmas," a concert aptly titled to greet the start of the holiday season in the Concho Valley, will be offered by the Angelo State University Choirs Thursday, Nov. 29, in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church at 32 N. Irving in downtown San Angelo.

A presentation of the Arts at ASU, the free public concert will begin an 8 p.m. and will offer a 75-minute program, featuring a variety of sacred and secular holiday music. The concert is the third and concluding concert for the University Choirs during the fall semester.

The university's 80-voice Concert Chorale will perform Jean Berger's intricate and spellbinding "Brazilian Psalm," "Sir Christèmas" from William Mathias's contemporary carol sequence Ave Rex, Felix Mendelssohn's majestic Christmas anthem "There Shall A Star Come Out of Jacob," and the mysterious "Heavenly Light" by Russian composer Alexandre Kopylow. Other selections will include the calypso Christmas spiritual "Here's A Pretty Little Baby" with synthesizer, tenor steel drum, flute, percussion and string bass accompaniment, and the ever-popular "Carol of the Bells" by Mykola Leontovich.

As special concert guests, the Lee Junior High Concert Choir will join the Concert Chorale as they perform "Welcome Christmas" from Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the exquisite German lullaby "Still, Still, Still" in its original language, and Britain's cheerful "Sussex Carol." Lee's Concert Choir, under the direction of ASU alumnus Patti Wetzel, will also sing the popular French carol "Il est né le divin enfant" in French and "Rise Up In Festive Song" by Renaissance composer, Pierre Clereau.

The university Chamber Singers will perform the romantic holiday classic "Winter Wonderland," Leroy Anderson's popular "Sleigh Ride," and "Hacia Belén va un borrico," a traditional Spanish carol, featuring Russell Watkins as baritone soloist. ASU's newest choral group, the Vocal Ensemble, will offer John Jacob Niles' arrangement of the Appalachian carol "Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head" plus a medley of secular favorites by Johnny Marks, including "A Holly Jolly Christmas," "I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day," and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Both ensembles will combine for Robert Young's exquisite "Rosa Mystica."

Mrs. Louellen Meyer will accompany the choirs on organ and synthesizer. Dr. Doug Overmier and Jason Gregg will play percussion. The ASU choirs are under the direction of Dr. Pamela Lee. For more information contact the Department of Art and Music at 942-2085, ext. 221.