Ashland University Winter Festival Concert to Feature Jazz Orchestra, Brass and Percussion Ensembles

11/29/11 ASHLAND, OH -- From the award-winning Ashland University Jazz Orchestra to the University brass and percussion ensembles, Ashland University's first of two Winter Festival concerts will offer a full slate of musical treats. Free and open to the public, the concert is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the University's Hugo Young Theatre.

The concert will begin with the Ashland University Brass Ensemble directed by brass and horn instructor Michael Metcalf performing Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" followed by Morten Lauridsen's "O Magnum Mysterium" and "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" as arranged by Chris Woods.

Percussion instructor Jeffrey Neitzke will then direct the Ashland University Percussion Ensemble performing "Hitzacker Wasserspiele" by Matthias Kaul, "Ogoun Badagris" by Christopher Rouse, and two movements of James Tenney's Three Pieces for Drum Quartet.

The concert will conclude with the Ashland University Jazz Orchestra (AUJO) directed by Dr. Scott Garlock, associate professor of music. In addition to Bob Mintzer's big band hit "Slo-Funk," the program will be selected from a repertoire of holiday favorites including Paul Ferguson's arrangement of "Auld Lang Syne"; Tom Kubis' "Jingle Bells";  John Berry's "Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow"; and Bryan Kidd's "We Wish You a Merry Christmas.  Vocal soloists Katie Vargo and Jacob Haury will be featured in "Baby, It's Cold Outside" as Vargo also sings with the "Here Comes Santa Claus" medley.

For more information about the Winter Festival concert or for a schedule of music department events, visit www.ashland.edu/music or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or tapplega@ashland.edu.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report's National Universities category for 2012, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.