AU Concerts to Showcase Exceptional Performances and Celebrate Christmas

AU Concerts to Showcase Exceptional Performances and Celebrate Christmas

12/1/16 ASHLAND, Ohio - The Department of Music at Ashland University concludes the fall semester with multiple performances including the student chamber ensembles recital, fall honors recital and the Winter Festival Band Concert. All of these concerts are free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall, several student chamber ensembles perform including the saxophone ensemble under the direction of Dr. Thomas Reed, as well as brass, string and percussion ensembles instructed by Michael Metcalf, Jane Reed and Jeffrey Neitzke, respectively. Neitzke also leads a jazz combo that will perform.

The best vocal and instrumental performances of the fall semester will be showcased in the Fall Honors Recital on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Student performers are chosen by the private studio instructors to be recognized for their exceptional work. A full slate of performers will be posted on the Ashland University Music Facebook page. 

On Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre, the Winter Festival Band Concert will feature the Ashland University Wind Ensemble directed by Gary Ciulla, Ashland University Director of Bands, and the Ashland Area Community Concert Band (AACCB) under the direction of Leonard Salvo. 

The Ashland University Wind Ensemble is comprised of the outstanding wind and percussion players at the University and from the community. The ensemble begins Saturday's concert with Sousa's most regal marches, "Nobles of the Mystic Shrine," which is dedicated to the high degree freemasonry Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine; followed by William Schuman's "Chester Overture," which is based on the tune written during the American Revolution by William Billings. The Wind Ensemble's program concludes with selections celebrating Christmas including Tom Wallace's arrangement of the carol "On This Day Earth Shall Ring," and Gary Gilroy's "Christmas Legends," which showcases the holiday classics of Good King Wencelas, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, The Coventry Carol, Greensleeves and Angels We Have Heard on High. 

After a brief intermission, the 65-member Ashland Area Community Concert Band takes the stage. Established in 1993, the ensemble is designed for both university students and members of the Ashland community to continue their musical study and creative activity. The Community Band’s program begins with Carmen Dragon’s arrangement of the beloved patriotic classic "America the Beautiful"; and two movements from Robert Russell Bennett’s "Suite of Old American Dances" including Schottische, a Scotch round dance, and Cake Walk, a strutting dance based on a march rhythm. AACCB will end their program with pieces about the holiday season with music from the animated feature movie The Polar Express including Believe, The Polar Express, When Christmas Comes to Town, and Spirit of the Season; and "Christmas Music for Winds," which is sure to include your favorite Christmas carol from Jolly Old St. Nicholas to Angels We Have Heard on High, Silent Night and more.

For more information about the music department and a full event schedule, visit the Web site at 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 2016, 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.                                       ###