Holiday concert to bring spirit to ISU

The holiday season is officially here and ISU’s annual Music for the Holidays concert is upon us once more.

For years, the concert has been a favorite of students and community members. This is not surprising, given the fact that Music for the Holidays features over 350 performers from seven different ensembles on campus, including Concert Choir, Men’s Glee, Women’s Chorus, Belle Voix, Clef Hangers and Civic Chorale.

When asked about the concert, Dr. Karyl Carlson, director of Choral Activities, stated that “the popular madrigal singers as well as the Symphony Orchestra” will be featured. She said students can expect standard holiday songs like Joy to the World, Hanukkah Festival Overture and Sleigh Ride.

“The orchestra plays some selections by themselves, some with choirs,” Carlson told us. “The various choirs sing alone and from different locations within the concert hall. It’s a great time to get into the holiday spirit right before finals week.”

According to sophomore music education major Josh Gouskos, who will perform in the concert this year with Men’s Glee and The Clef Hangers, “the concert is always very enjoyable and very fun to perform in, especially when we all sing The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

“The School of Music has an incredible reputation throughout the state and region,” Carlson said.

“Students can hear the best of what we have to offer. It’s fun, joyful, reflective, celebratory and really well done.”

Attendees may bring non-perishable food items to place underneath the “Giving Tree,” which is hosted by the College of Fine Arts. All items will be donated to the Midwest Food Bank.

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for ISU faculty and staff and $10 for students. For more information about purchasing tickets, contact the Center for the Performing Arts box office at (309) 438-2535.

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